April 2015 Project Update
With the recent announcement of our land sales closing and an additional $1 million from our partner at Alberta Culture and Tourism, we have reached 80% of our total goal of $29.5 million and are moving ahead on Phase I of our construction.
While we continue to raise funding for the final component of the arts hub (completion of the new West Wing), cSPACE and our construction team are mobilizing to restart work on the site in May. Vacancy over the last decade has taken a toll on the century-old sandstone school – protecting and restoring the venerable historic building is our top priority over the next 18 months of Phase I construction activity.
Neighbours will begin to see more activity over the coming weeks, with interior demolition, earthworks and installation of deep services planned to start next month. The exterior sitework (i.e. big equipment!) is planned for May to October. Clark Builders will work closely with us to communicate major activity and will be proactive about managing impacts (e.g. dust) on surrounding properties. Stay tuned to our e-newsletters and website for up-to-date project updates and construction blogs as well as our announcement of the formal ground-breaking event!
Visit this link to hear project manager, Deeter Schurig, talk to CBC about the unique architecture of the old school including a visit up the cupola.