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The district is hosting a virtual public information meeting on Thursday, Dec. 9, to answer questions and provide further details on the new Snokomish Elementary coming to the Sullivan Heights area.
Located near 58th Avenue and 148th Street, the new three-storey, 655-seat elementary school will feature 27 classrooms and a Neighbourhood Learning Space with a daycare for children age three to five, as well as before-and-after school care. Scheduled to open in Spring 2025, the school will also be designed with environmental sustainability and Indigenous influence in mind, with input and expertise from a range of voices on the project's steering committee.
"The Aboriginal Learning perspective has been huge, it's really informed the design quite a lot," said Dave Riley, Director of the Capital Project Office. "A lot of the design choices of the building have come out of commentary on the need for reconciliation and the shift to a non-institutional design for the school, trying to make it feel warm and welcoming for all. It's a really positive message to try to spread.
"We're also looking at a full electric building that's significantly better than LEED Gold, with the lowest greenhouse gas emissions of any school in the district. It's the first time we've ever done it here."
The district is currently gathering public feedback through an online survey, seeking input and questions on traffic, safety, parking, landscaping and other important factors of the design. Associate Director Autumn Sweet said traffic and onsite drop-off and pick-up, which is mandated by the City of Surrey, have been among key concerns that have gone into developing the schools' design.
"We worked with the city early on and hired a traffic management consultant to analyze our options," said Sweet, noting the district also engaged with ICBC to review the site plan to maximize safety. "It really came down to three designs, and the current design is best for traffic management, student safety and pedestrian safety."
Riley said parents in the community have expressed interest in the school because the location is very close to single-family homes in the area.
"They all have young kids and they're going to be able to watch their kids walk to school from their front deck and play at the school after hours," he said. "There's a lot of excitement."
Riley, Sweet and Project Manager Wendy Crowe will be on hand for the public information meeting, along with city representatives from Planning & Development, Traffic and Parks departments, and studioHuB architects.
The public information meeting is Thursday, Dec. 9, 6-7:30 p.m. and will include a Q&A session, answering questions from the online survey as well as the live chat on Zoom. Members of the public can join the webinar using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83116958783
For more information, visit surreyschools.ca/snokomish