Funding approved for mechanical upgrades at three Chilliwack schools

Three schools in School District 33 will be able to proceed with routine capital projects, thanks to $1,340,000 in provincial funding.

Three schools in School District 33 will be able to proceed with routine capital projects, thanks to $1,340,000 in provincial funding.

Tyson Elementary School will recieve $186,000 in mechanical upgrades. The work will include new air handling units for the gymnasium and select classrooms with improved controls and sensors will replace those that have reached the end of their serviceable life.

At AD Rundle Middle School, $710,000 will be spent on mechanical and heating system upgrades.Upgrades include a new roof mounted HVAC unit, dust collection system, ventilation units for the gymnasium and classrooms, and a new high efficiency condensing boiler. These upgrades are expected to improve air quality, flow and energy efficiency by up to 10 per cent.

Vedder Middle School, meanwhile, will receive $440,000 for new roof top heat pumps with direct digital controls that will allow improved efficiency.

Work is expected to begin this year and finish by spring 2016.

“This significant amount of funding for schools in Chilliwack will continue to improve the learning environment,” said Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness. “These types of upgrades will extend the life of schools in our province.”

Added Chilliwack MLA John Martin: “These behind-the-scenes projects create a healthier learning environment for students and staff.”

These projects were approved under the province’s routine capital program. Projects were chosen based on need, priority, and supporting student learning.