By CN Staff
MANITOBA, Canada — Over the past two years, the Government of Manitoba has committed to investing more than $200 million for the construction of seven new schools, along with the modernizations of existing schools across the province.
The new schools include five elementary schools and two high schools, creating a total capacity for 4,425 students and 540 childcare spaces.
One of the projects is a new kindergarten to Grade 5 school in the community of Seven Oaks in Winnipeg.
The new school will be located on Templeton Avenue and is expected to accommodate 450 students with the capacity to expand to 600 in the future.
Spanning 56,423-square-feet, the facility will include 15 classrooms and kindergarten rooms; a music room; a science, technology, electronics and math (STEM) lab; a library and gymnasium; a child care center for 20 infants and 54 preschool children; and a flexible child-care space to accommodate 30 additional spaces.
The energy efficient building is aiming for LEED Silver rating with Manitoba Hydro Power Smart components and enhanced indoor air quality.
Originally, the province had explored the feasibility of building new schools using a public-private partnership model. However, an independent study revealed savings of nearly $18 million using a conventional procurement approach.
The Seven Oaks school project has a target opening date of September 2020.