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New Westminster Secondary School Replacement Project Notification of Site Fencing and Geotechnical Investigation

We are now moving into the construction phase for the New Westminster Secondary School Replacement Project. As part of site preparation for building the new school, the contractor Graham Design Builders LP will be installing site fencing and conducting additional geotechnical test investigations to better understand the soil and earth conditions on the site.

Geotechnical Investigation Procedure

  • Investigation of 24 test areas
  • All tests to be completed with a small excavator
  • Each test will take around 20 minutes

 What to Expect

  • Site fencing will be installed prior to testing
  • Small equipment will be used
  • No street closures will be required

 Start: Week of March 12, 2018

Estimated Duration of Investigation: 2 days

Work Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To learn more about the NWSS Replacement Project, please visit If you have any questions about the project or would like to sign up for construction updates, please email

 Thank you,

NWSS Replacement Project Team

NWSS – Replacement Project Update

Contract Awarded for New School – Scheduled to Open September 2020

December 13, 2017 – The Ministry of Education and the New Westminster School District are thrilled to announce that Graham Design-Builders LP with KMBR Architects Planners Inc has been awarded the contract to design and build the new New Westminster Secondary School, scheduled to open in 2020.

In March 2017, three shortlisted teams were invited to respond to the Request for Proposals. Over the past few months, the Project Team has worked with the three shortlisted teams to discuss the Statement of Requirements, which was developed based on the Board of Education’s aspirational statements. After a thorough evaluation process, the Project Team has selected Graham with KMBR to move forward with the Project.

The School District signed and finalized the formal design-build contract with Graham and KMBR on December 9, 2017, and has been working with Graham and KMBR over the past few weeks to finalize the contract and further develop the design for our beautiful new school.

Upcoming Community Consultation

The community will have an opportunity to continue to provide input on the design of the new school. In early 2018, the School District will hold community meetings and invite comment on the proposed design and construction impact mitigation. Consultation will include a variety of opportunities to provide feedback online, in person and by mail. Details about meeting dates, locations and online opportunities will be provided in the coming weeks.

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