Royal Bay is coming along great! Interior colours are being painted and the turf field construction is underway.
On Saturday, May 9, upwards of 5,000 people from the community turned up to say farewell to the Belmont building. The place was literally buzzing with people reconnecting and laughing. The 50’s and 60’s rooms were packed with alumni and the gym filled with people checking out Belmont’s Sports Hall of Fame. It was a great day for the school community and a fantastic beginning for the new building.
Say farewell to the old Belmont Secondary School building! Alumni, students and the entire community is invited to an all-day open house on Saturday May 9th from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. to say one last goodbye to the old building.
Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast in the morning and ends with a ceremonial torch passing in the evening. During the day, “decade rooms” will be open for former students to re-unite, a time capsule will be unearthed and other activities will be available as everyone has one final chance to walk through the old building and reminisce.
It has been one year since ground first broke on the new high schools in SD62 and construction at Royal Bay and Belmont Secondary continues to be on time and on budget. The new high schools are halfway through the two-year build process.
Belmont Secondary, situated between Glen and Langford Lake is 80% structurally complete. By October, the roof is expected to be finished and by November Belmont will be mostly locked down with windows and doors installed. Finishing work on the school will begin in the new year. Belmont is built for 1,200 students and features one large gymnasium that can be split into two full-sized playing courts, a neighbourhood learning centre for day care and post-secondary classrooms, seven science labs and one multipurpose lab, and a theatre with seating for 300 people. Belmont is built to LEED Gold certification. Yellowridge Construction Ltd. was awarded the contract for the $53.9 million dollar school in June 2013.
Royal Bay Secondary, with its views of the Pacific Ocean is 98% structurally complete. The new high school will be 75% sealed within the next week, and the walls are 60% framed. Finishing work will begin the end of September, which includes dry wall, flooring, cabinets, and light fixtures and will continue over the next year. The asphalt rubber track will have its asphalt poured within the next month. Royal Bay features a teaching kitchen, theatre seated for 350 people, rooftop basketball court, asphalt rubber track, and neighbourhood learning centres. D.G.S. Construction was awarded the contract for the $40.8 million dollar school in June 2013.
Construction work at the Belmont Secondary site continues to be on time and on budget. The gymnasium floor, which will house the Belmont Bulldogs, has been poured. The second floor of the two-storey building is also prepped and partially poured, and the multi purpose staircase is underway.
Royal Bay Secondary
Construction work at the Royal Bay Secondary site continues to be on time and on budget. The steel framework for the three-storey building is in place and the first flour is poured. Mechanical and electrical work is currently being installed on all floors. The steel roof is being framed over the theatre, which will hold up to 350 students.
Enjoy the construction photos that appear here in the home section. Each construction update is also available under the schools’ tabs. For example, click on Royal Bay’s drop down menu and you will see Royal Bay Construction.
Parents/Guardians of students who are attending or have attended Dunsmuir Middle School or who may be interested in learning more about Royal Bay Secondary are invited to attend an information session. This will be held at Dunsmuir Middle School on Monday, April 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the lunchroom. Following this presentation, there will be an inaugural Parent Advisory Council meeting for any parents who would like to stay and attend. If you have any questions, please email Windy Beadall, Principal of Royal Bay Secondary at firstname.lastname@example.org