The Richmond Project Team (RPT) was created in Spring 2018 with a mandate to accelerate the delivery of over 30 school seismic upgrades as well as school additions and other major projects.
A comprehensive school seismic upgrading program is underway to make schools safer in the event of an earthquake by minimizing the probability of structural collapse. The Ministry of Education initiated Phase 1 of the Provincial Seismic Mitigation Program with district assessments of schools to determine seismic risk and scope of upgrading work required. Project engineers used retrofit design concepts in the risk assessments that were developed by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC). Phase 2 has continued with the structural upgrading of over 300 schools in B.C. as well as various educational components about life-safety during an earthquake.
In Richmond, two schools have been upgraded thus far (Garden City Elementary, Samuel Brighouse Elementary), 11 schools have been supported/approved by the Ministry to proceed, and another 24 schools have been identified as requiring high priority upgrades that have yet to be planned.
The latest enrolment projections, completed as part of the Long Range Facilities Plan process, indicate that current and planned housing developments in the Richmond City Centre Area and Hamilton Area will necessitate additional space to accommodate the growth of the elementary student base. Five expansion projects are currently proposed in the Capital Plan, including four school capacity additions and one new school.