HERITAGE AND VANCOUVER SCHOOLS
The Ministry of Education funds school renovations and new construction. Heritage value is one of several criteria that VBE considers when seismically upgrading or replacing school facilities.Other important criteria include consideration of life safety, building life cycle costs, education program requirements, and overall project costs.
In some cases, such as Douglas Elementary and Sexsmith Elementary VBE will develop and undertake a public process to seek proposals for repurposing the heritage buildings into another use.
- Current Capital Projects Interactive Map and School Project Details
- Summary Table of Active Capital Projects (Feb 2013)
- Map of Current and Planned Capital Projects (April 2013)
- Map of Completed Capital Projects (Jan 2013)
- Completed Seismic and New School Construction Project Profiles (1996-2013)
COMMONWEALTH STUDY: VANCOUVER SCHOOLS - ESTABLISHING THEIR HERITAGE VALUE
In March 2007, VBE and the City of Vancouver hired Commonwealth Historic Resource Management Limited to conduct a study to examine the heritage value of Vancouver's schools. The study's findings are published in the following report Vancouver Schools – Establishing their Heritage Values. The report is used as an informational tool as part of the assessment for capital project work.
Heritage Pre World War I Brick School Buildings and Seismic Renewal
In the early twentieth century, many of the public service buildings were designed in a classical architectural vocabulary. Although there was much variation in form, styles, materials, and neighbourhood context, Pre World War I brick schools were similar by their symmetrical design, harmonious façade, strong horizontal format, decorated centerpiece, triangular rooflines and elaborate cornice details.Architectual styles include: Classical, Georgian, Renaissance, Baroque, Beaux-Arts variants, Gothic Revival, Collegiate Gothic, and Tudor Revival.
- Click on the following link for information on Heritage Pre World War I Brick School Buildings and Seismic Renewal (Jan 2011)
AGE OF VANCOUVER SCHOOLS
The following tables contain the age of Vancouver school buildings.
VANCOUVER SCHOOL FACILITY FACTS
- The oldest school in Vancouver is Lord Strathcona Elementary, which was built in 1892
- 20 schools are more than 100 years old, which were built in 1910 or earlier
- 22 are between 90 and 100 years old, which were built between 1911 and 1920
- The average age of VSB school buildings is 67 years
HERITAGE AND CITY OF VANCOUVER
VBE planning staff work directly with the City of Vancouver when considering seismic upgrades and capital improvements to Vancouver's older schools.