SDSS Seismic Update Letter

January 23, 2014

January 22, 2014

Dear students, staff, parents/guardians and community,

As you are aware, the seismic upgrade renovations at South Delta Secondary School are well underway.  We are very excited about the work that has been done thus far, including our brand new state-of-the-art science wing that is now being used by our students and staff.  Overall, the project is going incredibly well and is actually ahead of schedule at this time.  I want to thank all of you for your patience and understanding as we live through the construction.  These renovations are important because the building’s safety is being improved as well as the workability of many school departments.  And most definitely, the aesthetics of the school are already greatly enriched. 

Work started on July 2, 2013 and throughout the summer a lot was done on the second floor Science Block and the main floor rooms directly beneath.  The brand new science “Superlab”, which opened in late October, replaced the dated configuration and appearance of the old 1970’s vintage science labs, and there are eight new classrooms, as well as corridor and locker upgrades and updated finishes in the washrooms.  With the first phase of the project done, work proceeded to the single storey Classroom Block.  First, rooms 101-103 and 106-108 at the south-end were relocated to portables in mid-November to enable structural upgrades to walls and foundations to take place in those rooms, along with the connecting corridor.  This work was completed in December and these classes were moved back into their newly upgraded rooms.  Over Christmas Break, corridors were repainted and floors refinished in the north-end corridors with new bilingual wayfinding signage installed.

Work is nearing completion at the north-end of the block (rooms 121-123 and 117-119, consisting of computer labs and art rooms).  Classes in the central area (rooms 111, 114 and 115) have been moved to the portables for the balance of the school year.  The computer labs were temporarily housed in these spaces until the structural upgrades and room repainting and floor refinishing in the labs was completed in mid-January.  We are wrapping-up work on the art rooms and should have them ready for occupancy by month’s end.  Currently, structural upgrades are now proceeding in the central group of rooms (109-111, 114-116) during the day shift and in the shops block on the afternoon shift.  Work in the entire single storey Classroom Block is expected to be complete by the end of February.  Attention will then shift to the temporary relocation of the Library and Administration functions to the central classroom area to enable work on the structural and room finish upgrades in the Library Learning Commons and Administration Block to start at Spring Break.  The entire project is scheduled to be complete by the end of September 2014.

Overall, this project encompasses structural seismic resistance upgrades to three areas of the school:  Area 4 (Science Block, Library Block), Area 5 (Classroom/Art Block, Administration Block) and Area 6 (Shops Block).  In addition to these structural upgrades, a non-structural seismic resistance upgrade is also being done to the entire school to restrain plumbing, electrical and overhead systems.  We are very excited about our brand new science Superlab and classrooms, and for many additional upgrades to improve our school’s functionality and appearance, including the Library Learning Commons, video messaging system, bilingual wayfinding signage, and other items.

Thank you again for your patience during this time.  As with all construction projects, there are inevitable disturbances to everyday life at the school with some noise, movement of equipment, and outages in heating and electricity as the work advances.  Fortunately, work is moving along extremely well and the disruptions will be short-lived.  I will try to keep you informed of any potential disruptions as the project progresses and if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the school office.


Helene Gaudreault

Principal, South Delta Secondary School