New Westminster, BC
KMBR Architects Planners Inc.
School District 40
The New Westminster Secondary School Replacement Project (NWSS) will be the new home for one of British Columbia’s largest high school communities. This project is the largest single school investment in BC Ministry of Education history, and will provide a state-of-the-art modern learning environment to accommodate 1,900 grade 9 to 12 students and 200 staff.
As the only high school in the City of New Westminster and replacing a facility which officially opened on December 16, 1949, it’s fair to say that the new school is eagerly awaited and has aroused a great deal of interest within the local community and alumni. The future home of New Westminster Secondary School provides circa 22,000 square metres of highly serviced flexible and informal learning spaces.
The placement of the new school within the site was particularly complex due historic uses and the need to keep both the existing school and adjacent stakeholders operational during the build. The overall site has previously been occupied by and utilised for a variety uses ranging from a cemetery, an isolation hospital, military barracks and shooting range, a former city works yard and historic landfill and incinerator making the site of archaeological interest.
The new school design takes its inspiration from the West Coast Style of architecture, but reimagined for the needs of today and beyond. The design optimises the use of glazing, bathing the interior with natural light, providing an open and inviting environment, while the flexible learning spaces maximise collaboration and active learning. Technology is integrated to enrich the learning process, multi-purpose spaces and a contemporary visual.
Building upon a strong tradition of inclusive education, trade skills training, theatrical, musical and sporting excellence, spaces are included to meet the needs of the academic programmes, inclusive education, a purpose built theatre, performance suites, a 3 court gymnasium and modern career technology education areas including a commercial grade teaching kitchen.
In addition to the school building itself the project scope includes 2 further components. The first the construction of a new home for School District 40’s Maintenance and IT department (including workshops and the district wide IT hub) and the second component consists of offsite civil engineering and utility upgrades to the adjacent Massey Theatre and Moody Park Arena.