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November 3, 2017

Argyle Full Replacement Project Update

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Conceptual image prepared for the District of North Vancouver Development Permit Application.

October 16, 2017

Argyle Full Replacement Project Update

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Argyle Capital Project Update - October 2017 - PDF

February 24, 2016

Argyle Full Replacement Project Update

The North Vancouver School District continues to await confirmation from the Ministry of Education regarding the Board's request to proceed with the full replacement of Argyle Secondary School, rather than the approved seismic upgrade.  Since the October 22, 2015 update, the key developments are provided below:

  • Communication has contined with Ministry of Education staff, indicating that the replacement of Argyle School is at the highest priority of the Ministry

  • The cost difference between the seismic upgrade ($37.8M) and a full replacement ($45.7) remains at an estimated cost of $7.9M

  • The North Vancouver School District now has $11.38M in capital reserve, with these funds targeted towards the Argyle Replacement Project

  • The Board has confirmed its intent to pursue the full preferred option that provides:
    • Additional space for additional classroom capacity (+600 sq. m.)
    • Area for multi-purpose/performing arts (+1000 sq. m.), and
    • Recreation support space (+176 sq. m.)

  • Killick, Metz, Bowen and Rose Architects and Planners (KMBR) facilitated a "Designs for Learning" workshop with staff to explore current options for the design of new schools to address the changing curriculum and approaches to learning

  • The Board continues to pursue all options to secure the funding necessary for the full preferred replacement option.  The Board has requested a meeting with the Ministry of Education and will arrange a meeting with the District of North Vancouver

  • The Board will also consider the potential to raise additional funds through surplus lands, leases, and other methods. 

The Board of Education looks forward to an invitation to enter into a Project Agreement at the earliest opportunity to move this 'long-awaited' replacement project forward.

As information becomes available on this project, updates will be posted.

A print copy of this information is available here.

 

 

October 22, 2015

Argyle Capital Project Update

Parents/guardians of students in the Argyle Family of Schools were invited to an Argyle Parent Advisory Council-sponsored event on October 21, 2015 at École Boundary Elementary School to learn more about the Argyle Capital Project.  John Lewis, Superintendent of Schools, provided an overview of the history of the Argyle Capital Project; funding the "gap"; building and site enhancements; timelines; and the next steps.  He outlined the actions that the Board of Education is taking to support and implement the Argyle Full Replacement Capital Project. 

The slides from Superintendent Lewis' Argyle Capital Project Update are available here.  

Argyle Capital Project Update Presentation - October 21, 2015

 

 

 

October 20, 2015

Argyle Full Replacement Project Update

The North Vancouver School District continues to make progress with its request for the full replacement of Argyle Secondary School.  Since the update provided at the Argyle Parent Advisory Council Meeting on March 2, 2015, key developments are provided below:

  • Constructive meetings and communications have continued with Ministry of Education staff through the spring and summer, including a site visit by Ministry staff in June 2015

  • The Project Definition Report (PDR) for the replacement project was finalized after a number of updates to meet Ministry requirements and for presentation to the Ministry of Finance

  • As a result of price escalation and clarification of project scope, the cost difference between the seismic upgrade ($37.8M) and the base full replacement ($45.7) is $7.9M.  The preferred alternative options that incorporate additional space for the multi-purpose / performing arts areas (+1000 sq. m.) and additional classroom capacity and recreation support space (+766 sq. m.) have increased in cost to approximately $10.7M and $13.7M respectively.  The total cost of the preferred Argyle option is $51.5M ($37.8M Ministry + $13.7M NVSD)

  • The North Vancouver School District has now sold the Keith Lynn site ($5M) and Monteray site ($6.38M), with proceeds targeted towards the Argyle replacement project. A conditional sale of a surplus parcel of land at the Braemar site ($2.4M) is proceeding through the municipal process.  Together, the proceeds from these three properties will achieve the financing needed for the preferred replacement option at Argyle

  • A conditional sale of the Ridgeway Annex site ($5.1M) is at fourth and final reading with the Council of the City of North Vancouver.  This will allow the sale to be completed in November, with proceeds applied to the remaining debt associated with the replacements of Sutherland Secondary and Westview Elementary Schools

  • Expressions of Interest were issued in May for architectural and consultant services, followed by a Request for Proposals.  Killick, Metz, Bowen and Rose Architects and Planners (KMBR) were selected as the lead consultants for the Argyle project. KMBR have extensive experience in the design and construction of schools in BC, with North Vancouver School District experience including the Sutherland Secondary School replacement project

  • During the summer 2015, advance project work was completed including: geotechnical investigation, site survey, arborist assessment, hazardous materials assessment, and non-structural seismic assessment of the existing building

  • Meetings were held with the District of North Vancouver (DNV) Planning Department to identify project requirements for both the seismic and full replacement options.  DNV staff provided detailed information related to building department reviews, code compliance, local improvements, and expectations related to the ‘daylighting’ of Kilmer Creek for flood mitigation purposes

  • The project request is considered by the Province of BC's Treasury Board as a “Major Capital Project’ for review by Treasury, Finance, and the Capital Branch to determine the outcome of the Board's request to advance to a Project Agreement before the end of the calendar year.

The Board of Education looks forward to an invitation to enter into a Project Agreement before the end of the 2015 calendar year. 

As information becomes available on this long-awaited project, updates will be posted.

A print copy of this information is available here.


 

June 15, 2015

The North Vancouver School District is continuing to work with the Ministry of Education's Capital Planning Branch to advance the request for a Full Replacement Project.  In consultation with the Ministry, the School District is able to proceed with some preliminary work, at its own risk, in advance of a Project Agreement being in place.  As the Project Agreement may not be finalized until September 2015, the School District has identified a limited scope of work that may be completed during the summer months.  This advance work would focus on a due diligence engineering review of the site. 

The Project Definition Report associated with the Seismic Project and the Replacement Project request is currently under review by the Capital Branch.  The School District will be meeting with the Capital Branch staff before the end of June to discuss the report and identify any further requirements to establish the capital budget figures for both the seismic upgrade and the replacement school options.

The Expression of Interest process for Argyle School resulted in an invitation to participate in a Request for Proposal process to a short-list of highly qualified candidate firms.  The Request for Proposal process will facilitate the selection of a project architect by the end of June or early July 2015, in advance of a Project Agreement being in place.

June 11, 2015

Learn more about the sale of the former Monteray School site - Proceeds to be directed to the Argyle Secondary School Replacement Project

 

 

March 3, 2015

Argyle Capital Project Update

Parents/guardians of students in the Argyle Family of Schools were invited to an Argyle Parent Advisory Council-sponsored event on March 2, 2015 to learn more about the Argyle Capital Project.  John Lewis, Superintendent of Schools, provided an overview of the history of the Argyle Capital Project; funding the "gap"; building and site enhancements; and the next steps.  He outlined the actions that the Board of Education will take and how the community can lend its support to an Argyle Replacement Capital Project. 

The slides from Superintendent Lewis' Argyle Capital Project Update are available here.  

Argyle Capital Project Update Presentation - March 2, 2015

 

 

January 27, 2015

On behalf of the Board of Education, Chair Barry Forward sent a follow-up letter to Education Minister Peter Fassbender regarding the Board's request to meet with the Minister and Ministry staff to discuss the conversion of the Argyle Secondary School seismic project to a full-replacement school.

 

 

September 9, 2014

On behalf of the Board of Education, Chair Franci Stratton sent a letter of request to Education Minister Peter Fassbender to meet with him and Ministry staff to address any remaining concerns related to the Argyle Secondary School Replacement Project.

 

 

 
June 18, 2014
 
At the Public Board Meeting on June 17, 2014, Superintendent John Lewis, provided a status update on the Argyle Replacement Project request.
 
On June 5, 2014, the North Vancouver School District and the Corporation of the District of North Vancouver sent joint correspondence to Education Minister Peter Fassbender regarding the continued request for the full replacement of Argyle Secondary School. The correspondence responds to a number of conditions identified by the Minister of Education as necessary for the approval of the full replacement project and the authorization to borrow $8.9M to fund the differential, if needed.
 
The Board of Education and the Mayor and Council of the District of North Vancouver indicated that they would be pleased to meet with the Minister and appropriate Ministry staff to address any remaining concerns to enable this project to move forward at the earliest opportunity.
 
 
 
 
 
April 24, 2014
 

Argyle Capital Project Update  


More than 100 school and community members attended an Argyle Capital Project Update on April 23, 2014 to discuss future opportunities associated with a new Argyle Secondary School.  John Lewis, Superintendent of Schools, presented an overview of the project update. The presentation from the meeting is available here
 

Argyle Capital Project Update Presentation - April 23, 2014

 
 
Following the presentation, participants provided thoughtful input regarding potential site and building enhancements that would be possible if a new school was constructed on the site. 
  

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Argyle School Site Current Plan Argyle School Site Concept Planning Only 
 
At the current time, the Ministry of Education has approved a seismic upgrade project for Argyle Secondary School.  The Board of Education continues to pursue a full replacement project as the preferred option.  
 
 

April 22, 2014

A number of presentations and meetings are taking place regarding the Board of Education's pursuit of a full replacement project for Argyle Secondary School.  A presentation was provided at the Lynn Valley Community Associations' "Speaker Series" on April 17, 2014.  The event provided an update on the Argyle project and a question and answer period.

The Board has arranged a public meeting at Argyle School on April 23rd at 6:45 p.m. to present to the local community an update on the request for a replacement project.  Table groups will be arranged to provide increased opportunities for discussion and input.  The meeting participants will consider potential site and building enhancements and priorities for consideration.  
 
The North Vancouver School District has contacted the Ministry of Education regarding a recent announcement of a change in Ministry policy for funding capital projects.  The School District is seeking clarification on this policy change and the potential impact on capital projects at Windsor, Argyle, and Handsworth Secondary Schools. 
 
 
 
 
January 21, 2014
 

Awaiting Response


At the Public Board Meeting on January 21, 2014, John Lewis, Superintendent of Schools, provided a Land, Learning and Livability Community Engagement Update.  Information about the Argyle School Replacement Project was included in the Update.
 
The Board of Education continues to await a letter of response from the Ministry of Education Capital Branch, or the Ministry of Finance, regarding the Board's request for borrowing authority to support the full replacement of Argyle Secondary School.  
 
We have informed the Ministry of the intended uses of the Neighbourhood Learning Centre within the requested full replacement project, and provided a letter of support from the District of North Vancouver regarding the Board's property disposal plan related to the sale of the Keith Lynn and Monteray properties.
 
 
  
November 22, 2013
 

Argyle Replacement Project Request

The Board of Education received a response from the Minister of Education on November 21, 2013 regarding the request for borrowing authority and to proceed with a replacement project, rather than a seismic upgrade project.  The Minister has indicated that the level of approval required for the Argyle project will be determined by the Ministry of Finance, based on their risk-screening process.  Before Ministry staff can engage in the risk-screening process, two conditions were identified that need to be met.  These conditions are:

  1. A letter of support for the Board's property disposal plan is needed from the District of North Vancouver, particularly with regard to the sale of the Keith Lynn and Monteray properties; and
  2. An outline of the intended uses for the proposed Neighbourhood Learning Centre space in Argyle Secondary School should be provided to the Ministry's Capital Management Branch.

The School District will request a letter of support from the District of North Vancouver and provide an outline of intended uses of the Neighbourhood Learning Centre to the Capital Management Branch at the earliest opportunity to continue to advance the request for a full replacement project.

 

 

A Timeline of the Progress to Convert the Argyle Seismic Upgrade to a Full Replacement Project

 
September 24, 2013
 
At the Public Board Meeting, the Board of Education passed a resolution: 
    • Requesting borrowing authority to a maximum of $15M to finance the difference between the funding provided for the Seismic Upgrade and the cost of a full replacement project
    • That the Ministry provide approval for the School District to proceed with a full replacement project for Argyle Secondary in place of the Seismic Upgrade project, and
    • That the repayment of this borrowing will be achieved through future land leases, land sales, or other land disposition options no later that June 30, 2023.

 

 

 
 
October 1, 2013

In a letter to Education Minister Peter Fassbender, the Board of Education formalized its request for borrowing authority with the commitment of a repayment plan.

The cost estimate for the proposed full replacement project is $48,014,000.  The final cost estimate for the Seismic Upgrade was identified as $39,142,000.  The difference of $8,872,000 will be funded through future land leases, land sales, or other disposition options.

The Board received formal Ministry approval for the disposition of three surplus properties, including Ridgeway Annex, Monteray, and Keith Lynn.  Approvals were provided in 2010 for the disposition of surplus land parcels at Argyle Secondary and Braemar Elementary Schools.

 

 

 
 
October 7, 2013

The Board of Education arranged a meeting with Minister Fassbender, MLAs Ralph Sultan, Jane Thornthwaite, and Naomi Yamamoto, City Mayor Darrell Mussatto, District Mayor Richard Walton, Council members from the City and District of North Vancouver, and respective staff to discuss the Board's Land Management Strategy and its relationship to the replacement request for Argyle Secondary School.

A series of next steps were identified to advance the request to become a full replacement project.  These steps include:

  1. The need to develop and submit a business case to support the requested borrowing authority
  2. Identifying the priority components of a Neighbourhood Learning Centre in consultation with the school community and municipality
  3. Identifying any additional priorities of the School District for inclusion in a replacement school
  4. Identifying partnership opportunities for the redevelopment of the school and site, and
  5. Examining the procurement methods for the capital project in consultation with the Ministry Capital Branch. 

 

October 11, 2013

The business case to support the request for borrowing authority was developed and submitted to the Ministry Capital Branch.  The Capital Branch will forward the business case to the Ministry of Finance for review and assessment.

In anticipation of a positive response to the request for a full replacement project and the need to identify the scope of the project, School District staff will prepare for consultations with the school community and the District of North Vancouver.  Although a replacement project has not yet been approved, preliminary discussions will greatly assist with the development of the project budget and scope.