Allan Hearn – AET, BCxP, CFMS Project Manager
The older I get, the faster the years seem to fly by. January through March feels like 6 months, while the rest of the year sneaks by in what seems like a week. With 2022 in the books and a new year upon us, I wanted to have a quick look ahead at some interesting projects kicking off for 2023.
Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation Biidaaban School
This new, single storey elementary school is being constructed in Sagamok, Ontario as a replacement for the current school. The new school will be 40% larger with a cafeteria, science room and library, all spaces not currently available in the existing school. Capable of housing 201 students, the new school will be built down the road from the Elder’s Eagle Lodge. This will allow students enhanced educational experiences like exposure to the Ojibway language as well as teachings and wisdom from the elders living there.
St. Leo Catholic School
Built in 1926, the original St. Leo catholic school consisted of 8 classrooms and an auditorium, allowing it to become the central hub for community and church events in the area. At the time it was the only school in the entire Mimico Separate School Board. 97 years later, a new school is being built on the same site to consolidate the student populations of both St. Leo CS and St. Louis CS. Designed by Kohn Shnier Architects, the new 3 storey school will be capable of housing 508 students with 49 child care spaces, 3 child care rooms and 1 EarlyON space. Scheduled to open in March of 2024, this project will relieve the pressure of growing student populations in the Etobicoke neighborhood.
West Whitby Healthcare Centre
Located between Highway 412 and Des Newmand Blvd., the new clinic will employ 350 people (including 85 physicians / specialists) and will house a fertility clinic, physiotherapy clinic, X-ray clinic, blood lab, audiology / hearing aid centre, psychology practice, cardiology centre and urgent care centre. Standing 4 storeys tall and spanning 154,000 sq. ft, the new healthcare centre is expected to be Canada’s largest private multidisciplinary medical group practice.
We are excited to see these projects through to fruition, and as commissioning does not end with substantial completion we will be there at the end and into the first year of operation to ensure a complete and finished project and a satisfied Owner.
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