Hornby Island Community School
The heart of the community
Rebuilding the island’s hub for learning and indoor sports
Engaged as construction manager during pre-construction, AFC provided insight in the constructability and functionality of the design, as well as the logistics of building on Hornby Island adjacent to the active temporary school. Value engineering simplified the design and put a few features on the wish list. With that the design was brought within budget including a 5% contingency. The School District anticipated opening the new school January 2022. By using a phased construction approach, overlapping the design process, AFC shortened the build by 4 months for an opening at the start of the 2021-22 school year. AFC also brought in a landing craft– by-passing overloaded ferry traffic, increasing productivity on site and reducing overall cost.
Spring 2020, while consultants finetuned the design, demolition and excavation scopes were tendered. The old school was demolished, the concrete foundation pulverized and reused as fill, saving the cost of transportation off island. While excavations were completed, the concrete foundations were priced. This second phase included extensive rock drilling to seismically anchor the building to the bedrock. By the time the foundations were poured, the design was fully complete and tendered ready for the final phase. Framing of the wood structure followed seamlessly and the building was watertight by the end of 2020. The finishing of the build remained on schedule and on budget; allowing the school district to add a few wish list items within the contingency. The result is a modern, new school that aligns with 21st-century learning, serving Hornby families and supporting the community for decades to come.
“The logistics of creating a temporary school and now moving so efficiently with the new building dealt many extra challenges. We commend the entire project team, SD71 staff and contractors for their stellar work.”Comox Valley School Board chair Sheila McDonnell