SDSS seismic update letter

May 20, 2014

May 21, 2014

Dear students, staff, parents/guardians and community,

The seismic upgrade renovations at South Delta Secondary School have made for a busy and exciting year. Throughout the year we have seen our school transform, both in terms of increased structural safety and with new state-of the art learning spaces. The project has been going incredibly well and is now ahead of schedule.  I want to thank all of you for your patience and understanding while living through the construction. We are thrilled with the work that has been done and anticipate the near completion of this very important project.

Work first began last summer on July 2, 2013. Since then, the brand new science “Superlab” was completed and opened in late October, replacing the dated configuration and appearance of the old 1970’s vintage science labs.  Overall, work on the two-storey science/classroom block is finished and so is work on the single storey classroom block. Work is also substantially complete in the shops block and will be completely done in late June once school is out for the summer.

Currently, renovations are being done to the administration and library learning commons blocks. This work includes major seismic upgrading and renovation of spaces, asbestos ceiling abatement, replacement of wall structures, a new skylight in the administrative office, and new carpet and furnishings in the learning commons. Completion of this work is expected by the end of August.

Additional works planned for the summer include: asbestos abatement in all remaining ceilings in the building yet to receive removal; removal of the makeshift storage room next to the cafeteria and returning this space to the cafeteria; complete renovation of the main floor washrooms near the west gym; renovation of the existing breezeway along the north side of the west gym into a student social space; re-cladding of the stucco fascia on the two primary school entrances with updated signage; complete repainting of the exterior of the school; restoration of the landscaped area to the north of the main entrance; and reconstruction of the south entrance plaza. The south entrance plaza project is a partnership with the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen and will bring increased outdoor sitting space for students, as well as greatly improve the aesthetics of the building.

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 has moved along extremely well and the disruptions are short-lived.  We fully expect the additional works to be complete by mid-October at the latest. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the school office.


Helene Gaudreault

Principal, South Delta Secondary School