School District 43 continues to lead the way in construction activity in the Tri-Cities with a new school and a large classroom addition slated to open in 2020.
The replacement Minnekhada middle school building in Port Coquitlam is nearing completion and could be ready for occupancy by spring break.
Constructed at a cost of $33.3 million, the new building for 600 students will include an enhanced gym, a multi-purpose room with an adjoining stage, a fine arts room, and an exterior community washroom.
Community groups will be able to utilize the facility after school hours, according to School District 43 spokesperson Ken Hoff.
New schools typically include 15% additional space, called neighbourhood learning centres, that can be used for community programs. For example, two replacement schools, one in Port Moody and the other in PoCo, will likely include child care space.
SD43 has confirmed that the new Irvine elementary in Port Coquitlam will have a child care facility on site, as well as an enhanced multi-purpose room and gymnasium, while approval is being sought for space for child care at the new replacement Moody elementary.
Meanwhile, construction is underway on a neighbourhood learning centre at Centennial secondary, but decisions are still being finalized on how the space will be used.
Planning is also underway for a turf field on the site of the old Centennial school building, a much-needed sports facility that will be shared by the school and the city of Coquitlam.
Also slated to open in 2020 is a six-classroom addition at Westwood elementary school in Coquitlam.