Major Capital Projects

Structural Seismic Upgrade Program:

The Ministry of Education engaged engineers and geoscientists to complete a comprehensive re-assessment of seismic safety at more than 500 B.C. schools previously identified for potential funding under the School Seismic Mitigation Program.  Based on the latest scientific research, improved technology and study of recent major earthquakes around the world, the new assessment, released in May 2012, identified 152 schools with at least one “high priority” building section that need to be addressed with structural upgrades under the School Seismic Mitigation Program.  The cost to address these high-priority schools is estimated at $1.3 billion.

In Delta (click here to open the list of facilities and blocks assessed and their ratings), a total of 10 schools met this criteria.  Seismic upgrade projects have so far been completed at eight schools (Sands Secondary, Burnsview Secondary, Delview Secondary, Devon Gardens Elementary, Sunshine Hills Elementary, Pinewood Elementary, Port Guichon Elementary and South Delta Secondary), with two projects remaining:

Delta Secondary – $17.6 Million upgrade to the theatre, automotive and woodworking shops, and art/classroom blocks, including remedial work to adjacent blocks’ foundations, partial demolition, renovations and non-structural seismic upgrades to the entire facility.   Supported by the Ministry of Education in April 2013, construction started in April 2015, total completion in June 2017.  View the project overview presentation made to school staff in March 2015 here:

DSS Seismic Update March 2015 R1

and view the February 2017 Project Status Update here:

DSS SMP-BEP February 2017 Update

Gibson Elementary – $1.2 Million upgrade to the 1972 classroom and gymnasium blocks, re-submitted as part of the 2018/19 Capital Plan for approval in June 2017.  View the Project Identification Report here:

GB PIR – October 20, 2015

Building Envelope Program:

Delta Secondary – In 2011, an interim repair was undertaken to mitigate water ingress and potential failure of the original face-sealed stucco cladding system of Genesis Theatre at Delta Secondary by stabilizing the stucco system and constructing a pre-finished metal rain screen cladding system over top.  Once the Province approved the seismic upgrade project at Delta Secondary and it was later determined that sections of the interim cladding system would need to be removed to permit extension of new structural steel framing up the outside of the theatre fly tower, both the Ministry of Education and District staff agreed the opportunity to consider adding the permanent building envelope remediation work was the present.  As such, $2.5 Million has been approved by the Province to undertake the project concurrently with the seismic upgrade, with work expected to start in January 2016 and be completed by April 2017.  View the February 2017 Project Status Update here:

DSS SMP-BEP February 2017 Update

School Enhancement Program (SEP) and Carbon Neutral Capital Program (CNCP)

The SEP is an annual program containing projects typically too large for inclusion in the FRUP and that contribute to the safety and function of the school and will extend the life of the asset.  Eligible SEP projects include electrical upgrades, energy upgrades, health & safety upgrades, mechanical upgrades, building enclosure upgrades, washroom and flooring upgrades between $100,000 and $3 Million in value.  In 2016/17, the District completed two SEP projects: the replacement of the high voltage transformer and related work at Hawthorne Elementary ($181,900) and the drinking water quality upgrades at multiple sites ($229,600).  In 2017/18, the District received approval for the upgrade of heating & ventilation systems at Cliff Drive Elementary ($463,300).  The CNCP is a $5 Million/year annual program that is available to provide specific funding to energy-efficiency projects that lower school districts’ carbon emissions.  In 2016/17, the District completed a gymnasium heating & ventilation upgrade at Seaquam Secondary ($486,000).  View the list of projects to be submitted as part of the 2018/19 Capital Plan here:

SD37 5-Year Capital Plan 2018-2019

Facilities Renewal & Upgrade Program (FRUP)

Annual projects required to maintain capital assets through their anticipated economic life and prevent any premature deterioration of these assets.  Renewal/upgrade projects typically include building envelope (roofs, exterior walls, doors, windows), mechanical and electrical systems, interior finishes (walls, floors, ceilings, doors), risk management (safety, security, grounds (playgrounds, drainage, pavements and playfields) and minor renovations to accommodate Special Programs needs. Open the 2017/2018 plan  (posted April 2017) here:

2017-18 Facilities Renewal & Upgrade Program – April 2017 Update

Energy Conservation Retrofits

A key part of the annual FRUP is the retrofit of existing lighting, HVAC and building controls systems to reduce the amount of energy needed to operate the equipment.  Funding for these projects comes from a variety of sources (operating budget, annual facilities grant, BC Hydro and FortisBC incentives, other government grants).  For more information on what we have done and are currently doing, go here:

Capital Projects