Urban One Builders was selected to design and build the new Cowichan Secondary, which will be located on University Way. The new Cowichan Secondary groundbreaking and public design unveiling is set for Dec. 14. (Courtesy of Mike Russell)

Urban One Builders was selected to design and build the new Cowichan Secondary, which will be located on University Way. The new Cowichan Secondary groundbreaking and public design unveiling is set for Dec. 14. (Courtesy of Mike Russell)

New Cowichan Secondary groundbreaking and public design unveiling set for Dec. 14

Previous design showing postponed due to flooding

Whether it’s snowy, frozen or soggy, ground will be broken, at 2 p.m. on Dec. 14, to make way for the new Cowichan Secondary School at 2003 University Way.

“The Board of Education for the Cowichan Valley School District is excited to welcome the Right Honourable Jennifer Whiteside, MLA and minister of Education and representatives from Cowichan Tribes to officially break the ground on the site,” said Cowichan Valley School District spokesperson Mike Russell in a press release.

The special guests will join board chair Candace Spilsbury in breaking ground and officially signaling the start of construction on the new high school.

The territory upon which the new school will sit was prepared by Cowichan Tribes during a ceremony in September.

Those curious to see the design details of the new school are invited to the public unveiling of the new Cowichan Secondary School design, also on Dec. 14, but at 4 p.m.

The Board of Education announced in November that Urban One Builders and HCMA Architecture + Design were selected as the builder and architecture firm, respectively.

“This celebratory event will be the first time the public can hear directly from project builder, Urban One, and the design team at HCMA,” Russell noted in a press release.

The event had been scheduled for Nov. 15 but was postponed due to the heavy rainfall and resulting floods in the region.

The doors open at 3:30 p.m. for the event, which will be held in the gym at the current Cowichan Secondary School on James Street and the event will comply with all Provincial Health Orders, meaning guests 12 years and older must show proof of vaccination and masks will be required indoors for everyone five years of age and over.

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