President's Report

February 6, 2017

It's an exciting time around campus! Starting yesterday, the Brothers' Residence has been carefully dismantled which moves us closer to breaking ground on the new Middle School, Manrell Hall. The dismantling is anticipated to be complete by the end of the week. What follows next is the sorting of materials into waste, recyclables, and reusable resources, which is scheduled to take a few weeks.

Leading up to this exciting step and throughout the fall, the campus redevelopment project progressed as planned. On November 30th, the Christian Brothers moved into their new temporary home in the Saint John Paul II Pastoral Center in Vancouver and since then, the environmentally sensitive process to demolish the Brothers' Residence has been underway.

A demolition contractor and a separate environmental consultant were chosen through a bid process and have been working together to proceed through the City's approval process for the demolition. A few highlights include:

  • Following careful analysis to determine whether any hazardous materials exist within the building materials, an abatement strategy was created. This strategy uses containment and negative air pressure to assure that dust (and other materials) does not escape. Any potentially hazardous materials were removed using the prescribed safe methods.

  • The City issued a Stage 1 abatement permit in January to permit removal of the drywall inside the building. Following certification by the environmental consultant that all hazardous materials were safely removed, the City issued the Stage 2 permit.
    • We continue to wait for the Development Permit (DP) and the Building Permit, both of which are issued by the City.
    • All of the DP conditions were met in December and Acton Ostry Architects are working with the City officials to answer any remaining questions.
  • In November, the technical information and drawings were submitted for the Building Permit. The Architects used a Certified Professional to review the submission to ensure the proposal met building codes and other requirements. This step is intended to speed up the review process but City officials are required to check the details prior to issuing the Building Permit. We anticipate the Building Permit in early February.
  • Haebler Construction will lead construction of the new building, following a General Contractor tender process late last spring. The sub contracts and trades for the first phase were tendered in November and, following scrutiny of the bids for completeness and other technical qualifications, these contracts are being awarded over the coming weeks. The costs are within our expectations.
All visitors to campus will notice progress as the spring unfolds. Providing the City issues the permits within the expected timeframe, we look forward to construction proceeding following the demolition of the Brothers' Residence and site preparation. Completion of the first phase is expected in time for school opening in September of 2018.

Those wishing to follow the progress of our Campus Redevelopment and fly-through video are invited to view the progress to date on our website at http://www.vc.bc.ca/giving/our-next-century/building-our-future.

Semper Fidelis,
John H. Nixon (VC '69)
President
Vancouver College