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Eric Hamber Secondary School

The Vancouver School Board (VSB) is replacing the existing Eric Hamber Secondary School as part of its seismic mitigation program. KMBR is part of the Bird Construction team that was awarded the design-build contract in April 2020.

The new modern four-storey school building will be constructed on the northern footprint of the school site, replacing the existing running track and playing field. The new building will have a capacity for 1,700 students and about 120 teachers and staff, which is the same as the existing school.

The new school is slated to open in 2023, but the existing 1962-built school will be retained until 2030 as temporary school capacity for students affected by various seismic retrofit and renovation projects across VSB jurisdiction. After the existing school is demolished, its area will become a new replacement playing field.

Its functions will be the same as the current facility, including 37 general instruction classrooms, 10 science classrooms, various learning spaces, a library, administrative offices, a multi-purpose room, a large common space, technology education shops, an auditorium, music rooms, and two connected gymnasiums (one double gym plus single practice gym) with changing and storage rooms, weight room and health & fitness lab.

The new school will include the added use of a childcare facility located on the fourth floor, with separate access from the rest of the school and an outdoor rooftop play area. This childcare facility will have a capacity for 69 children.

Project Stats

  • Client: School District 39
  • Location: Vancouver, BC
  • Size: 1,800 SM
  • Project Type: New Build
  • Project Delivery: Design-Build