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Bird wins $92M contract to replace seismically unfit Vancouver high school


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May 1, 2020 by David Kennedy

The province announced the school replacement project in 2018 and has been working through the planning process since. PHOTO: Province of B.C.

Bird Construction Inc. has won the design-build contract for a major school replacement project in Vancouver.

Tied to the province’s Seismic Mitigation Program, the Eric Hamber Secondary School Replacement Project is expected to take about three years.

Bird will be responsible for building a new 160,000 sq. ft. (15,000 square-metre) facility at the northwest corner of the existing school grounds. The original school, built in 1962 does not meet B.C.’s seismic rules and will eventually be torn down.

The new contract is worth $92 million.

Partnerships BC lists this fall for the anticipated start of construction. The new high school is scheduled to open for the start of the new school year in 2023.