By Nikki Jamieson
Those wanting to know the future of two schools in Taber will have that opportunity in October.
The design process for the modernization of D.A. Ferguson Middle School and W.R. Myers High School is in full swing, with the current design being ready for viewing next month.
“It will most likely be an informal opportunity for people to come in and see the diagrams, the architectural drawings, the architectural representation on what the front could look like,” said Wilco Tymensen, superintendent for the Horizon School Board, during their regular Sept. 20 meeting. “It’ll give people a chance to ask questions, leave comments, get an idea on what is happening.”
The open house will take place on Oct. 19, from 6-7 p.m. at the library in Myers.
Right now, the modernization project is at the 30 per cent stage — or the first stage of approval. The other stages are at 60 and 90 per cent, and after it gets approval at the 90 per cent stage, it goes to tender.
As this is an Alberta Infrastructure Management project — unlike with Barnwell or Warner School, which the division is in charge of doing — there is a lot less back and forth, simply because if a design aspect won’t be approved they won’t do it.
“There’s less back and forth, so yeah, the timeline can be faster,” said Tymensen, adding that Horizon also does more consultations than them, which also speeds up the process.
Currently, the timeline given has the modernization going to Request for Proposals (RFP) in February, along with approval for tender. After about ten weeks, a contractor will be selected, and construction could start as early as April. The project is expected to be finished by December 2018.