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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
2013PREM0055-000752

April 8, 2013

Office of the Premier
Ministry of Education

 

 

Premier announces $584 million to keep high-risk schools on solid ground

 

VANCOUVER – Premier Christy Clark announced more than $584 million to seismically upgrade 45 high-risk schools today, marking a significant milestone in government’s commitment to student safety.

 

“Absolutely nothing is more important than keeping our kids safe. Today we’re two-thirds of the way to meeting our commitment to seismically upgrading all high-risk schools in B.C.,” said Premier Clark. “This investment means parents sending their kids to 45 more high-risk schools know they will be able to withstand a major earthquake.” 

 

The School Seismic Mitigation Program is an ongoing program to address all high-risk school buildings. With these 45 new projects, a total of 213 schools have either been completed, are under construction, are proceeding to construction, or have been supported through the program. That leaves 102 high-priority schools to be addressed.

 

“It’s a significant challenge to upgrade each and every high-risk school throughout British Columbia, but the progress we’ve made so far is fantastic,” said Education Minister Don McRae. “Leading experts in this area continue to seek information on our work, our research on seismic safety, and we take great pride in knowing our innovations are being used to keep kids safe both here and across North America.”

 

First launched in 2004, the School Seismic Mitigation Program is backed by leading B.C. engineers and geoscientists who designed new guidelines for seismic safety in schools based on the latest research from major earthquakes around the globe. In 2010, these experts used these guidelines and new assessment tools to conduct a comprehensive reassessment leading to a more accurate picture of seismic safety risks in B.C. schools.

 

 

Quick Facts:

 

·         The 45 projects announced today will create an estimated 3,700 direct construction jobs across the province over the life of the projects.

·          Including today’s announcement, since 2001 government has spent or committed $2.2 billion to seismically upgrade or replace 213 high-risk schools. It is anticipated it will cost a further $600 million to address the remaining 102 high-risk schools in the province.

·         There are 37 school districts located in high seismic zones throughout the province.

·         The $584 million will be distributed over a three-year spending envelope; individual projects within this envelope will receive final approval to proceed to design and construction after the school district confirms the scope, schedule, budget and risks for the project.

·         The estimated funding over the three years is:

o   2013-14 – 10 new seismic projects at $111.8 million

o   2014-15 – 14 new seismic projects at $177 million

o   2015-16 – 21 new seismic projects at $295.4 million

 

·         The seismic retrofit guidelines developed by B.C.-based experts have been reviewed by international experts in California and at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), earning the Canadian Society of Engineers Excellence in Innovation in Civil Engineering Award in 2010. The guidelines have helped shape FEMA’s own regional guidelines and policies.

·         Including the School Seismic Mitigation Program, since 2001 government has committed more than $4 billion to school capital and maintenance projects throughout B.C.

·         During this time, the government has spent more than $2.4 billion to complete 96 new and replacement schools, 131 seismic projects, 151 additions, 27 renovations and 25 site acquisitions across B.C.

·         All new and replacement schools have been constructed to meet the latest seismic standards.

 

 

Learn More:

The Ministry of Education’s School Seismic Mitigation Program: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/capitalplanning/seismic/

 

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC: http://www.apeg.bc.ca/

 

A backgrounder follows.

 

 

Media Contacts:

 

Ben Chin

Office of the Premier

250 588-3113

 

Government Communications and Public Engagement

Ministry of Education

250 356-5963

 

 

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

 

 

 


BACKGROUNDER

For Immediate Release
2013PREM0055-000752

April 8, 2013

Office of the Premier
Ministry of Education

 

 

 

 

List of 45 schools receiving upgrades

 

2013-14

 

James Gilmore Elementary                  SD 38 - Richmond

Killarney Secondary                              SD 39 - Vancouver

David Thompson Secondary                 SD 39 - Vancouver

Montecito Elementary                          SD 41 - Burnaby

Windsor Secondary                               SD 44 - North Vancouver

Henderson Elementary                         SD 47 - Powell River

George Jay Elementary                        SD 61 - Greater Victoria

Cordova Bay Elementary                      SD 63 - Saanich

South Wellington Elementary               SD 68 - Nanaimo-Ladysmith

École Phoenix Middle                           SD 72 - Campbell River

 

2014-15

 

Yale Secondary                                     SD 34 - Abbotsford

Langley Secondary                                SD 35 - Langley

Delta Secondary                                    SD 37 - Delta

Maple Grove Elementary                     SD 39 - Vancouver

Lord Tennyson Elementary                   SD 39 - Vancouver

Dr. Annie B. Jamieson Elementary       SD 39 - Vancouver

Richard McBride Elementary               SD 40 - New Westminster

Burnaby North Secondary                     SD 41 - Burnaby

Minnekhada Middle                             SD 43 - Coquitlam

Tillicum Elementary                             SD 61 - Greater Victoria

Shoreline Community Middle               SD 61 - Greater Victoria

Dunsmuir Middle                                  SD 62 - Sooke

Parkland Secondary                              SD 63 - Saanich

École Cote Du Soleil (Powell River)      SD 93 - Conseil Scolaire Francophone

 

2015-16

 

Abbotsford Traditional Secondary        SD 34 - Abbotsford

Eric Hamber Secondary                        SD 39 - Vancouver

Point Grey Secondary                           SD 39 - Vancouver

Renfrew Community Elementary         SD 39 - Vancouver

Sir Alexander MacKenzie Elementary  SD 39 - Vancouver

Waverley Elementary                           SD 39 - Vancouver

Edith Cavell Elementary                       SD 39 - Vancouver

Prince of Wales Secondary                   SD 39 - Vancouver

Templeton Secondary                           SD 39 - Vancouver

General Wolfe Elementary                   SD 39 - Vancouver

David Lloyd George Elementary           SD 39 - Vancouver

Bayview Community Elementary         SD 39 - Vancouver

F.W. Howay Elementary                       SD 40 - New Westminster

Stride Avenue Elementary                    SD 41 - Burnaby

Montgomery Middle                            SD 43 - Coquitlam

Irvine Elementary                                 SD 43 - Coquitlam

Handsworth Secondary                         SD 44 - North Vancouver

Cloverdale Elementary                         SD 61 - Greater Victoria

Cedar Hill Junior Secondary                 SD 61 - Greater Victoria

Ruth King Elementary                           SD 62 - Sooke

Lochside Elementary                            SD 63 - Saanich

 

 

Media Contacts:

 

Ben Chin

Office of the Premier

250 588-3113

 

Government Communications and Public Engagement

Ministry of Education

250 356-5963

 

 

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect