Tender awarded to build new expansion to Steinbach Regional Secondary School
PennCo Construction, a local Steinbach firm, has been awarded the tender to build a major 105,000-square-foot expansion to the Steinbach Regional Secondary School (SRSS). This announcement was made by Education Minister Nancy Allan.
The new construction, along with renovations to the existing SRSS and the existing high school, will be reconfigured as the SRSS campus with the newly constructed portion forming a foundations academy for grades 9 and 10 and the existing SRSS facility becoming a specialized academy for grades 11 and 12.
“This new school will enhance the quality of learning by giving students a new, spacious and modern environment built with the students needs in mind. It will also serve as a focal point for families as they will use the new high school to gather and participate in community activities,” said Allan.
The new school will be approximately 92,400 square feet, will accommodate 675 students and will be located adjacent to the existing Steinbach Regional Secondary School. Along with spacious new classrooms, the new high school will include band and choral, wood manufacturing, cosmetology and human ecology rooms with a daycare with space for 20 infants and 54 preschool children, the minister said.
“The new daycare will provide much-needed child care for families in Steinbach and will give children a supportive, caring environment in which they can develop the building blocks they will need to be successful during their school years and beyond,” said Allan.
The minister also announced PennCo has also been selected to add over 10,100 square feet of vocational space and upgrade 2,500 square feet of previously renovated space at Steinbach Regional Secondary School. The addition and renovation will include a new welding and power mechanics shop to help address the growing demands for vocational education.
These projects are expected to be completed by the fall of 2014.