Project Update: June 2014
While cSPACE staff have been busy with fundraising and finalizing the permits, local residents might be wondering why things are a little quiet at the King Edward site over the last few months. Our official groundbreaking is not until this fall, but the eastern parcel of land that is being subdivided and sold for housing required the mid-century wings to be demolished. We took the opportunity to remove all the hazardous materials from those buildings and the heritage school at the same time.
After the dust settled in March, two sections of the 1950s and 60s additions remain. On the north side, the doorway with the mural of William Aberhart leads to an area that houses all the electrical equipment – this will stay until full construction starts. On the south facade, a wall section remains that is propped up by steel girders. Unfortunately, heritage buildings always give surprises and this wall was bonded directly to the sandstone in the 50s. Removing the wall could run the risk of destabilizing the south facade sandstone and would be incredibly costly. After careful consideration, the construction team is going reinforce it from the inside, remove the girders and enclose it with the same artisanal steel that the new west wing will have.
The site will continue to be quiet for the next couple of months as we tender for construction. As permitting is nearing completion and we continue to work towards our next phase, and a fall groundbreaking we encourage followers to check in on our project progress via our website for up-to-date news.