By Robin MacLennan
Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Thames Valley District School Board is embarking on a significant expansion of Masonville Public School in London, after final approval was received by the Ministry of Education.
“This project will provide bright, modern learning spaces for our students and staff and reduce the school’s reliance on portable classrooms,” said education director Mark Fisher.
A tender for the $8.3-million project in west London was awarded on Sept. 11, with completion expected in early 2021.
Built in 1952, Masonville Public School has a capacity of 363, but currently requires 14 portables classrooms to accommodate enrolment of more than 600 students
Construction will include new classrooms, a double gymnasium, renovations for a new Library Learning Commons, enhancements to heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and barrier-free washrooms, ramps and doorways to ensure the school meets Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards.
The Ministry initially announced $5.9 million in funding in 2018 for renovations and additions to the school, but rapidly increasing enrolment pressures required the TVDSB to submit revisions to the original scope of work adding $2.4 million to the cost and trustees unanimously approved a recommendation to fund the additional cost of the project from the Board’s unappropriated accumulated surplus.
Here’s what is included:
- 9 Classrooms (Grade 1-8)
- 2 Kindergarten Classrooms and 1 Partial Kindergarten Classroom
- 1 Learning Support Room
- Mechanical Space
- Double Gymnasium
- Creation of 2 Classrooms (Grade 1-8)
- Renovation of existing gymnasium into Library Learning Commons and staff room
- Renovations of existing library into general arts classroom
- AODA Improvements
- Renewal Costs and School Condition Improvements