We now see windows and walls erected throughout our construction site. The glass walls of the north face have been installed and have caused much excitement as we can start seeing our architect renderings come to life. Much is changing inside the school as well – and we’ll share those views when the few staff who’ve been trained to go into the construction zone get a chance to don hard hats and steel-toed boots and snap a few fresh shots. Meantime, this warmer weather and building progress is making us feel like spring has sprung.
In the latest aerial photo of BSS the amount of progress our construction team has made becomes abundantly clear. The exterior of the new building is nearing completion, and inside drywalling has begun. While construction will slow over the holidays, we’re on-schedule and excited as the final stages of construction begin.
On an early, dark morning in October, the lights are on in the new building as we see it take shape. We are looking at the northwest corner of the campus from Warren Road, at what will be a new gym, a new theatre, an art studio, a science lab and music studio. Our construction crew carries on their work inside and out as we get more excited about a spring opening of the new building. We have our caring community to thank for generously donating to Intersection to bring this new space to life.
Day by day, our new building is taking shape. From the northwest corner, here is the architect’s rendering on the left, alongside the current state of progress. Every day brings us closer to completion…
This week a set of steel beams were installed on construction site. In a precise operation the massive beams were lifted by a crane and then carefully placed in specially prepared slots in the building’s concrete support walls. The installation process when off without a hitch, and the beams are ready to support the state-of-the-art phys-ed facility that will be built around them.
Our construction team has been hard at work over the winter, and the result of their labours can now be clearly seen rising up over the construction site. The walls of the newbuilding are now visible above grade, reaching the second floor level. The outline of the building is beginning to take shape, an exciting hint of things to come!
It’s been two years since preparations first began on the Northern field of the BSS campus. In that time the new build has progressed from a fence around an open field to a concrete and steel structure, the framework for a building that will host the future of girls’ education. Watch that progress unfold before your eyes and look forward to the project’s exciting future with our time lapse video!
Our construction team is continuing their hard work right up to the holidays! Construction is now above grade and more of the building is taking shape. Work is progressing on schedule and the start of 2016 will see the installation of the structural steel frame that will house the Stem Labs and Performing Arts facilities.
The photo above offer a peek at the work that’s happening behind the hoarding that lines the first and second floors of the school.
Shot from high above, this aerial shot is a visible testament to the progress being achieved on site! Mass excavation of the building is now complete, and construction activities are focused upon forming the underground basement levels of the newly expanded school. The reinforced concrete frame at the sub basement level is formed, and the gallery level is currently being constructed. Our construction team is on track to complete the underground sections of the building frame by the end of the year.
As construction moves inside BSS, our hallways around the old Russell Hill Road gym (which is now gone!) have become a little more narrow and a lot more colourful. The hoarding that separates staff and students from the construction zone on the first floor has been painted and adorned with a few graphic elements – a celebration of our upcoming 150th anniversary, our most recent advertisements and beautiful Intersection graphics. Our community remains safe while construction goes on and we’ll update the hoarding designs as time goes by. The construction site (and the second floor hoarding) will be used for learning as our teachers find creative ways to share the building experience with students and incorporate it into curriculum.