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Rainy River K-12 Consolidation


The RRDSB Capital Priorities funding was awarded in August 2017 to renovate the existing Rainy River High School into a consolidated K-12 facility.

Press release (June 19, 2017) - Rainy River District School Board receives funding for consolidation

Progress to Date

  • Brook McIlroy was hired as the Architect.
  • Building committee was formed with two meetings being held in November and December.
  • At these meetings we worked through the schematic design for the facility. See minutes below.
  • It was decided to change the scope of work from enclosing the courtyard for a student commons area and expanding the gym, we will instead build a new large gym and use the old gym as the student commons area leaving the courtyard as is.
  • Obtained a Class C Cost Estimate based on our new scope of work. This estimate shows our project at $11.4M. That is $1.3M more then the original funding approval received.
  • Sent the Ministry of Education Capital Branch the change in scope for approval in principal noting that we plan to fund the additional $1.3M required from our reserves using School Renewal funding. Final approval to proceed is not granted until we are done the detail design phase and have a Class A cost estimate prepared.
  • Obtained approval from the RRDSB on May 1, 2018 to allocate an additional $1.3M from School Renewal to the project.

Looking forward

  • Final Building Committee Meeting is being held May 17th to review the results of the Schematic Design Phase.
  • Architect is actively working on the detail design drawings for the renovation.
  • We are looking to issue a tender for the renovation in June 2018.
  • Construction to begin during the summer.
  • Riverview students and staff will be in Riverview for the start of the 2018-19 School Year.
  • The project is currently looking at 3 phases:
    • Phase 1 is the renovation of the north wing of the school and the new administration area across from the science labs. During Phase 1, Rainy River High students and staff will be in the south wing of the school and using the existing administration space. Phase 1 is expected to continue to the end of the 1st Semester for the 2018-19 SY.
    • Phase 2 is the renovation of the south wing of the school. During Phase 2, Rainy River High students and staff will be in the north wing of the school and using the new administration space.
    • Phase 3 is the construction of the new gym and renovation of the existing gym to our new student commons space. The new gym construction will begin in the summer of 2018 and will likely take 10-12 months to complete.
  • The renovation of the exiting gym into our new commons space will likely take place during Phase 1 or Phase 2 work and has yet to be determined.
  • All construction actives are planned to be completed by the summer of 2019 so that the school is open as a new K-12 facility for the 2019-20 SY.
  • Schedule updates will be provided as construction progresses.
  • A detailed floor plan will be posted once completed.

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