School addition construction underway

Parents are being asked to drop off or pick up their kids on Coquihalla Street, between 6th and 7th avenues

Site preparation for the new addition at Coquihalla elementary school is now underway.

Unitech Construction has been hired to manage the project, which will see an extra four classrooms built, additional washrooms, and the covered play area enclosed.

“It will be enough room to house all of the Grade 5s, 6s, and 7s,” said Natalie Lowe-Zucchet, school district secretary-treasurer.

The addition is being built on the 6th Avenue side of the school, where the bus turnaround and visitor parking was.

Unitech Construction has been removing the concrete and preparing the site for foundation work. The parking area will be relocated and additional temporary parking has been established on the opposite side of the school.

Parents are being asked not to drop their children off in the bus area in front of the school.

Instead they can be dropped off or picked up on Coquihalla Street, between 6th and 7th avenues. Two openings in the fence have been made along with walking paths so students can access the school.

Lowe-Zucchet said construction is expected to start within the next month and will likely take eight to 12 months.

“We’d like parents to be patient with the project and direct any questions to the school principal,” she added.

“The board had expected the rooms would be available for Grade 5s, 6s, and 7s in the fall. However, we will be discussing whether or not we want to look at getting the Grade 7s into the school for next year or put it off a year based on where we are with construction.”

For more information, contact the school at 604-869-9904.