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									                                                                                                      ITEM 3
DATE:            2010 January 08

TO:              Committee II – Planning & Facilities

FROM:            NCLD Steering Committee

RE:              General Gordon Elementary NCLD Space Program Report


The Neighbourhood Centre for Learning and Development (NCLD) consultation process
was announced by the Ministry of Education in September 2008 for Queen Mary
Elementary, General Gordon Elementary and Lord Strathcona Elementary. NCLD
programming areas are intended to be supplemental to core school programming needs
and create opportunities for greater community access when school programs do not
require the facilities.

The aim is to enhance the delivery of kindergarten to grade-seven instruction by providing
additional spaces that support student music, art, performance and Late French Immersion
programs. The enhanced school will also support the delivery of community services such
as early learning programs, out-of school child-care programs, meeting rooms for non-profit
organizations, literacy programs, family resource and immigration services, and multi-
purpose space for community arts and sports programs.

An NCLD Steering Committee, co-chaired by the Assistant Deputy Minister and the
Superintendent was established in December 2008. The Steering Committee includes
ministry and district staff and was entrusted with overseeing and providing direction to the
consulting team.

In January 2009, Brook and Associates Inc. were contracted to develop the work plan and
manage the NCLD consultation process. In addition to administering various phases of the
consultation process, the final deliverable was to develop a draft conceptual program and
operational model for each school site that would be suitable for establishing terms of
reference for future architectural project definition and optimal design solution studies.

Brook and Associates have prepared a summary report titled General Gordon NCLD Space
Program Report that outlines a proposed conceptual program and provides
recommendations for the Gordon Elementary NCLD study (Attachment A). The delivery of
this report signifies the end of the consultation process undertaken by Brook and
Associates for this school site.

Prepared by: C. Sidjak                                                                                         1
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The Gordon Elementary Representative Team (RT) was established that included parent,
community resident, school staff and school administrative representatives. The RT was
instrumental in providing direct feedback and direction in coordinating each step of the
consultation process.

A key step in the process involved a day long visioning workshop held in March 2009 with a
larger group of student, parent, school staff and interested partner agency participants.
The outcomes of this event were compiled in a report on the school community vision and
served as the basis for developing a proposed conceptual area program for the Gordon
Elementary NCLD school facility. The Gordon RT provided input into the preparation of this

Over the summer period, The Colborne Architectural Group assessed the visioning
outcomes and, working with Brook and Associates, developed conceptual area allocations
for each NCLD school function. This base information was used in a preliminary analysis of
the overall building footprint in relation to existing site conditions and seismic mitigation
concepts involving full upgrade of existing buildings, partial replacement / partial upgrade
and full replacement of existing buildings.

Overall, the proposed program required to deliver the array of core school and community
based programming envisioned for Gordon Elementary represents a combined area
allocation of 4,263 m2 (Core School 3,600 m2 + 663 m2 NCLD area top-up). The NCLD
area allocation represents a top-up of approximately 18% above Ministry standards for
school design.

This conceptual design work formed a key component of the material that was presented at
a public open house held at Gordon Elementary on November 19th, 2009. Invitations to
surrounding households were mailed out. The open house display boards were also
posted on the VSB website. Details of the proposed space program are described in the
Brook report.

Brook and Associates compiled and assessed the feedback received from the open house
consultation process, as documented in Attachment A.

It should be noted that parent and community resident participants on the Gordon RT were
concerned about some of the recommendations contained in the Brook report regarding the
proposed conceptual building area required to deliver the proposed core school and NCLD
programming and issues related to future processes for determining the design solution
related to building heritage value and sustainability issues.

At the Gordon RT meetings, it was explained that the proposed NCLD conceptual building
area is comparable to other projects approved by the Ministry. In addition, the issues of
heritage retention and sustainability would be addressed in the next stage of the process
when the proposed space program is utilized as a “template” to investigate seismic
mitigation options (full upgrade, partial replacement / partial upgrade, full replacement).

Prepared by: C. Sidjak                                                                                2
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The NCLD Steering Committee has considered the feedback from the Gordon RT and the
open house consultation process. The Steering Committee is confident that the proposed
conceptual area allocation would deliver an excellent school facility (whatever design
solution is ultimately determined) with facilities that meet or exceed elementary school
projects that are currently in design or construction within the district. The NCLD Steering
Committee is supportive of the recommendations provided by Brook and Associates in the
General Gordon NCLD Space Program Report and believes that this project should
advance to the next phase of planning - Project Definition of an Optimal Design Solution.

In consideration of the concerns expressed by Gordon RT parent and community resident
participants, the NCLD Steering Committee also requested that the Committee II meeting
be rescheduled so that the Brook report could be posted on the VSB website on January 8th
and provide ample time for the school community to review the report prior to Committee II
on January 19th, 2010.


The proposed conceptual space program, and the feedback generated through the
consultation process, would be utilized by a design team as the “template” to investigate
seismic mitigation options (full upgrade, partial replacement / partial upgrade, full
replacement). It should also be noted that the optimal design solution will include
consideration of 21st century educational school design principles, seismic safety,
comprehensive building audit / life cycle analysis, operational costs, heritage and
sustainability. Sustainability assessment criteria will include assessment of construction
material waste handling, embodied energy in materials, long term energy consumption and
green house gas emissions.

If the proposed conceptual space program is endorsed, it would form a key component in
issuing a request for architectural design services proposal call. Following the selection of
a prime consultant, work would begin on the project definition and assessment process
leading to the identification of an optimal design solution. The general intent is to proceed
with this work in winter / spring 2010 so that the school district would be in a position to
request finalization of a capital project agreement with the Ministry of Education by June

There will be future opportunities for school and community input during the next phase of
assessment, in accordance with the integrated design and consultative process adopted by
the Board of Education in March 2009. It should also be noted that the general project
timeline outlined in this report is subject to revision and would be confirmed when a prime
consultant is selected for this project.

Brook and Associates administered similar NCLD consultation processes for Queen Mary
Elementary and Lord Strathcona Elementary. The Queen Mary Elementary NCLD
conceptual space program was presented to Committee II on December 8th 2009 and
received Board approval. The Lord Strathcona NCLD report is being presented to
Committee II on January 19th, 2010.

Prepared by: C. Sidjak                                                                                3
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The delivery of General Gordon NCLD Space Program Report signifies the end of the
consultation process undertaken by Brook and Associates for this school site. The NCLD
Steering Committee is recommending endorsement of the proposed conceptual program
and recommendations as outlined in the report.

As referenced, the report describes a proposed conceptual program with a combined area
allocation of 4,263 m2. The conceptual program would form a key component in issuing a
request for architectural design services proposal call early in 2010 and permit the General
Gordon NCLD seismic mitigation project to advance to the next phase of planning - project
definition of an optimal design solution.

             IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT that the Board of Trustees endorse the
             proposed conceptual program and recommendations presented in the
             General Gordon NCLD Space Program Report prepared by Brook and
             Associates and authorize staff to proceed to project definition of an
             optimal design solution.


Prepared by: C. Sidjak                                                                                4
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To:            NCLD Steering Committee                                            Date: December 17, 2009

Project:       Neighbourhood Centres for Learning and                     Project No.: 0866
               Development (NCLD)

From:          Brook + Associates Inc.                                          Pages: 16 + Attachments

Re:            General Gordon NCLD Space Program Report

Brook + Associates is pleased to provide the following report for the General Gordon Neighbourhood Centre
of Learning and Development (NCLD) space program. The report includes:

      1.   Background about the NCLD project;
      2.   An overview of key factors contributing to the development of the General Gordon NCLD program;
      3.   The General Gordon NCLD program and space allocation proposal;
      4.   A summary of the General Gordon public open house event;
      5.   A summary of the Open House feedback; and
      6.   Conclusions and recommendations.

Brook + Associates role throughout this process has been to define and facilitate the public consultation at
the three schools participating in the NCLD project. With respect to the General Gordon Elementary School,
this has included facilitating eight (8) meetings with the General Gordon Elementary School, facilitating the
school’s Vision Session, and hosting a community-wide Open House.

The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the process undertaken to develop the General
Gordon NCLD, to provide an overview of the community’s feedback provided at the Open House, and to
provide recommendations to the Steering Committee about how to move the process to the next stage in the
Vancouver School Board’s facility planning process.

1.         Background about the NCLD Project
The Ministry of Education announced the NCLD Project to optimize use of school facilities by the community
as part of the Provincial Seismic Mitigation Program. In January 2009, a Steering Committee comprised of
representatives from the Ministry of Education and the Vancouver School Board was formed to guide the
overall project and process for the three elementary schools chosen for this project (General Gordon, Queen
Mary and Lord Strathcona) in the Vancouver School District.

Representative Teams (RT) were formed at each of the three
schools in consultation with a school’s administration and staff.
The intent of the RT is a smaller working group that is
representative of the school community, provides feedback on the
project, and input to define the school’s NCLD program. RT
composition varies at each school; General Gordon’s RT includes
representation from school administration, community members
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from the surrounding neighbourhood, school staff and the Parent Advisory Council.

In March, an initial group of stakeholders, who either had an existing role at the school, or were envisioned to
provide services or programs at one of the three schools, participated in an Agency Working Session. The
figure above provides an overview of the general types of services envisioned being provided by agencies at
NCLD schools.

Stakeholders were asked to consider their participation at one, both or all of the schools; follow-up calls,
meetings and discussions were held to determine the extent of an agency’s involvement. Over the course of
the project, additional stakeholders were identified through a snowball process (i.e., word of mouth, request
from an RT, research) and contacted to consider and confirm their participation in the NCLD project.

An NCLD vision and four guiding principles were defined and revised throughout the process, and along with
the Agency Working Session information, provided an important foundation for the General Gordon NCLD
space allocation proposal.

2.        An overview of key factors contributing to the development of the General Gordon
          NCLD Program
The General Gordon NCLD program development process started by looking at what existed at the school
and in the community, and integrated key information from the agency feedback, a school visioning session
and direction from the Steering Committee to develop the NCLD program and space allocation proposal. The
following sub-sections provide an overview of key factors which helped define the General Gordon NCLD
program and space allocation proposal, specifically:

      •     input provided during the school’s visioning process;
      •     potential NCLD partners’ space needs;
      •     Ministry’s Area Standards; and
      •     additional factors contributing to the development of the General Gordon NCLD program.

Vision Session
The visioning session for General Gordon Elementary was held on April 23, 2009 and brought the school
community together with local and provincial agencies to develop a vision for the General Gordon NCLD.
This input provided an important launching pad for further developing the space proposal. The results of the
school’s vision session have been documented in a Vision Booklet (available under separate cover).

Potential Partner Agencies
To meet the Vision of the NCLD, the Ministry of Education confirmed1 that they will provide additional space,
above and beyond the Ministry standards allotted for a school’s projected enrolment, as part of the capital
project to accommodate basic services provided by any provincial and local agencies as part of the future
NCLD at General Gordon. Provincial and local agencies are expected to provide operational funding to
support the services delivered as part of the NCLD, and these agencies/partners are also encouraged to
contribute capital funding, where possible, to provide enhanced facilities delivering community services.

Thirty two (32) stakeholder agencies were initially contacted with a request for expressions of interest letter
and twenty-one (21) participated in the Agency Working Session on March 12, 2009. Ten (10) agencies
identified an interest to participate in the General Gordon school vision session and seven (7) (plus three
existing) have been confirmed as potential partners who could provide expanded programming and services
at the school.

1E-mail Correspondence from the Ministry (dated May 13, 2009) confirmed that local and provincial agencies are also encouraged to contribute
capital funding, where possible.
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The services that the agencies have identified to support the NCLD include Childcare, Community Services,
Family Support, Learning Connections, Health Connections and Settlement Services. Three are existing
agencies that provide childcare services, pre-school and children’s sports activities (respectively) at the
school and the remaining seven have expressed a desire to participate in some capacity in the future.
    - Ivy Montessori School                                     - Vancouver Parks Board
    - Jericho Kids Club                                         - Vancouver Coastal Health
    - MoreSports                                                - West Coast Childcare Resource Centre
    - Kits Neighbourhood House                                  - West Side Family Place
    - Kitsilano Daycare
    - MOSAIC

Confirmed potential partners were contacted via telephone and asked to fill in an Agency Space and Service
Needs analysis form. The submitted information has been considered in the development of the NCLD
program and space allocation at General Gordon. An overview of the agencies consulted and the programs
and services of the confirmed potential partners are provided in the Open House materials (see appendices).

The Ministry’s Area Standards
The current enrolment at General Gordon is approximately 415 students. Nominal capacity is used to inform
the space allocation for the General Gordon school, which is defined as 400 + 40K. Early Learning is new
additional space that is reserved for future Ministry programs. According to Ministry of Education Area
Standards, this would result in a core school program of 3,600 m2.

General Gordon School Capacity & Core School Area
School Capacity
40 Full-day Kindergarten (2 classrooms)
400 Grade 1 – 7 (16 classrooms)
Early Learning (2 classrooms)
The Core School Area would total approximately 3,600 m2

Additional Factors Contributing to the Development of the Proposed General Gordon NCLD Program
Additional factors have guided the development of the General Gordon NCLD proposed program; specifically
factors relating to agency requests to participate and an acceptable range for the NCLD space allocation

When soliciting agency interest in the General Gordon NCLD, three childcare operators expressed an
interest to participate; two existing - Ivy Montessori and Jericho Kids Club (JKC), and one new, the Kitsilano
Daycare. Ivy Montessori operates out of a separate building on site. JKC operates within the General Gordon
Elementary School with a license for 60 child care spots. Kitsilano Daycare holds a license for 25 child care
spots at the Kits Neighbourhood House. Both JKC and Kitsilano child care could increase their capacities if
the space was available.

VSB staff and architectural consultants reviewed the space and facility requirements of the child care
operators along with the other NCLD program requests. After considerable analysis, the consultants and staff
deemed approximately 60 child care spots as the threshold in the NCLD. When reviewed with the Steering
Committee, the space allocation for 60 child care spots was determined as appropriate. In addition, they
advised that existing child care operators would remain on site, and if required in the future that the
opportunity to revisit existing operator relationships could be done at rental license renewal.
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As noted above, VSB staff and architectural consultants reviewed the child care requirements alongside the
community and school requirements to meet the NCLD vision. In doing so they defined a program and
allocated various areas to meet specific program needs (further discussed below). This NCLD program and
space allocation proposal was presented to the Steering Committee to ensure that the program and areas
defined were reasonable. The Steering Committee advised that any additional space requested needed to be
linked with the NCLD objectives and must be supported by the Ministry.

3.      The General Gordon NCLD Program and Space Allocation Proposal
To integrate the area parameters and program needs of the various factors identified above (i.e., partner
agencies, enrolment and district program area requirements, school vision session input), the VSB engaged
Colborne Architects to analyze the site and help develop the space program proposal. The General Gordon
NCLD program includes the following program enhancements and additional space allocations.

NCLD Program Enhancements and Area Allocations
Program Enhancement      Area Description
Learning Connections     80     Additional space (80m2) to support current and future community
                                partnerships and programs such as community literacy, post
                                secondary student exchange programs, community services,
                                parent’s education and resources; may be used to enhance the
                                multi-purpose room or created as a separate space. This 80 m2
                                space could be available to the community after school hours.
Music                    100    A dedicated music classroom (100 m2) to ensure adequate
                                storage, sound acoustics, and practice area. The music room
                                can help support local arts and culture activities as it could be
                                made available for community groups like Arts Umbrella as well
                                as rented as rehearsal space by local choirs and bands.
Art                      20     Top-up to a general instruction classroom with additional space
                                (20 m2) for equipment, messy areas, storage, and sink. Local
                                artists could partner with the school to teach specific programs
                                and participate in special events, celebrations and festivals at
                                school and in the neighbourhood.
Computer Space           40     Top-up space (40 m2) to integrate technology within the library or
                                other learning spaces. The space could be shared with NCLD
                                partners to support community literacy activities, parent
                                and community resources, and adult education programs.
Enhanced Library         40     Top-up space to accommodate a bilingual book collection and
                                small group literacy learning areas (40 m2). The space could be
                                shared with NCLD partners to support community literacy
                                activities and adult education programs.
Flexible Gathering       30     Additional flexible gathering space (30 m2) can be used to extend
                                the multi-purpose room, link areas of circulation, segregate small
                                group work areas, support special needs learning, collaborative
                                teaching and learning opportunities, as well as create informal
                                social or meeting spaces for both the school and community.
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Health Connections              20      Top-up space (20m2) is proposed to the Administration/Health
                                        area to support Ministry of Health initiatives. When this space is
                                        not being used by health providers, the school could use this
                                        space for counselling or other school health support services.
Multi-Purpose Space with        140     Top up space to the multi-purpose room could be used for a
Kitchen                                 variety of functions such as school lunch room, indoor activity
                                        area for rainy days and large group projects (140 m2). A kitchen
                                        area is incorporated to support student cooking and nutrition
                                        programs. Out of School care programs would require access to
                                        approximately 240 m2 of multi-purpose space to ensure licensing
                                        for 60 spaces. The multi-purpose space could be made available
                                        to the community after school hours. The space could host a
                                        variety of activities such as summer camps, inter-generational
                                        activities, sustainability programs, community nutrition programs,
                                        as well as a variety of sport and recreation activities.
Performance                     60      Additional flexible performance space (60 m2) could supplement
                                        the gym or multi-purpose room. The school and community
                                        would use the performance space to support local arts and
                                        culture activities such as concerts, dances, theatre, and visual art
                                        showings. This space could be available to the community after
                                        school hours.
Storage, Design and             133     Additional building circulation, storage, mechanical and other
Mechanical                              design space (133 m2) related to the NCLD components noted
Total                           663

The proposed space allocation and program enhancements have been illustrated in graphical form and are
included in the Open House boards as an attachment. The figure provides a comparison of the existing
school area, the typical area that would be allocated to a core school per the Ministry’s Area Standards, and
the proposed area allocations based on the considerations and analysis above. The total area allocation is
summarized in the following table.

Summary Table with Core, Enhanced and Total School Area Values
Program                                               Area (m2)
Core School – (Ministry Standards and Early Learning  3,600
NCLD Program Enhancements (includes mechanical,       663
storage, design space to accommodate additional area)
Total General Gordon NCLD School Area                 4,263

The existing building area is 4,849m2. Although the proposed renewed school’s area is less, the space is
sufficient to deliver the school NCLD programming.

4.       Summary of General Gordon’s Open House Event
The following section provides an overview of the General Gordon Public Open House including the public
notification, event details, format of the open house and the comment forms used to solicit feedback from the
public. The General Gordon Public Open House was held on Thursday November 19th, 2009 to gather
information and feedback from community members, parents and stakeholders regarding the NCLD project,
specifically to:
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           -     Introduce Neighbourhood Centres of Learning and Development
           -     Provide an overview of the consultation to date
           -     Introduce 21st Century Learning and School Design principles
           -     Confirm the proposed space program for the NCLD
           -     Provide an overview of the NCLD timeline moving forward
           -     Receive Feedback

An Open House Flyer was distributed through Canada Post to 4,685 houses in the target notification area
(from Larch to Blenheim Street and W 3rd to W 10th Avenue) 2. Approximately 450 were sent home with
General Gordon students and staff. The notification included the date, time, and location map of the Open
House and stated the purpose of the evening; it also noted that members of the project team would be
available to answer questions about any of the material presented.

Notification Area

In addition, a similar notification was placed as an advertisement in a local paper, the Vancouver Courier
(Westside) on three separate dates: November 11th, 13th and 18th. Samples of the flyer and advertisement
notification are included in the appendices. For Your Information notices were sent to the following: MCFD
and Ministry of Health. Vancouver School Board Communications notified Ministry of Education
representatives, Mayor and Council, and VSB Trustees. Existing and potential NCLD partners were sent an
Open House flyer. An e-mail invitation and reminder was sent to all agency contacts that had participated in
the project process to date.

2Discussion with the General Gordon Representative Team noted that some people (friends and/or neighbours of the RT members) who resided
within the notification area did not receive the flyer.
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Event Details
Date:            November 19th, 2009

Time:            3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location:        General Gordon Elementary School (2896 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver)
                 The Open House was held in the General Gordon Gymnasium. This location is easily
                 accessible by parents, staff and other community members.

Attendees:       143 people (made up of 81 parents, 26 Community Members, 6 staff and 30 other)
                 signed in. This figure does not include the project team consultants, school board
                 representatives and City of Vancouver resources.

Project Team:
Vancouver School Board                        Craig Sidjak
                                              Alex Grant
                                              Robert Moore
                                              Celene Fung
                                              Robert Li (Mandarin Translator)

Brook + Associates Inc.                       Laurie Schmidt
                                              Blaire Chisholm
                                              Kerri Zaine
Colborne Architecture                         Allan Hepburn
                                              Heather Fitzpatrick
Representative Team:                          Margaret Davidson, Principal
                                              Charlotte French, PAC
                                              Linda Light, Community Member
                                              Bill Uhrich, PAC
                                              Larry Benge, Community Member
City of Vancouver Resources:                   David Autiero, Development Services
Stakeholder Resources:                         West Side Family Place
                                               Jericho Kids Club
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Twenty-two Open House information panels (36” X 48” in size) were displayed throughout the room and
provided information in five subject areas:

    -    Information about the NCLD Project (background, process timeline, participants, potential partners)
    -    School & Community Context, Vision Session Summary and Potential Partners (existing and
         proposed school and community uses, agency consultation and interest)
    -    21st Century Learning and Design Principles (design principles and program clusters)
    -    NCLD Proposed Program and Space Allocation (proposed programs, services and area (m2)
    -    Site Analysis and Site Concepts (evaluation of school site, three concepts: full renovation, partial
         retention, full replacement).

A power-point presentation containing 21st Century Design imagery and the School’s Vision Session
Tablecloths was projected onto a large screen and looped throughout the entire evening.

Attendees reviewed the Open House display boards and the project team was available to answer questions
and listen to feedback on the content of the boards or about the project in general. After attendees reviewed
the communication materials they were asked to give feedback on the comment form provided.
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Images from General Gordon Open House
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Comment Forms
The comment forms requested that attendees identify themselves as a Parent, Community Member, Staff, or
Other and the questions were as follows:

     1. What aspects of the 21st Century Learning and School Design (Arts & Media, Social Spaces, Activity
        Spaces, Learning Spaces, Area Relationships, Sustainability) concepts do you like or dislike?
        Please explain.
     2. Several potential partner agencies are proposed for the General Gordon Neighbourhood Centres of
        Learning and Development. Does the mix of partners meet your expectations based on the Vision
        for the NCLD project (as referenced on the Potential NCLD Partner Agencies board)?
     3. The General Gordon Space Analysis & NCLD Program enhancements are defined. How well do the
        spaces, programs and areas allocated to them deliver the school and NCLD vision?
     4. Please provide your feedback about the General Gordon Site Analysis & Concepts (Renovation,
        Partial Replacement or Full Replacement). What do you like or dislike?
     5. Additional Comments.

A total of 116 forms were recorded: 72 comment forms were submitted at the Open House, and 44 comment
forms were received the following week by both fax and e-mail. The comment form was distributed to
members of the community prior to the Open House, as well as being available at existing agency spaces –
this likely encouraged more interest and attendance in the event. In addition, the display boards and
comment form were posted on the VSB website after Open House. At the Open House, attendees were
given comment forms and the option of completing the forms at the Open House or taking them away to
complete and return to Brook + Associates by November 27th. Of those who attended approximately 50%
took the time to complete the comment form at the Open House; the remainder of the forms were received
the following week.

5.       A Summary of Open House Feedback
The following section summarizes the feedback received on the NCLD project and General Gordon program
and space allocation proposal that was received at the Open House. Other feedback has been received
throughout this process and is noted at the end of this section.

General Feedback
The Open House was very well attended and the atmosphere was mixed. Attendees were very interested in
the NCLD and the future of their school. A number of attendees had questions and concerns relating to the
process and the end product. However, the attendees were supportive of a safe school for the children and
one where learning came first. The Open House provided an opportunity for the project team to initiate
communication directly with members of the community and listen to their feedback.

Close to sixty percent (60%) of the attendees at the Open House were parents, approximately eighteen
percent (18%) were community members (without children at the school), nine percent (9%) were other (e.g.,
grandparents, participant agencies etc.), four percent (4%) were staff and approximately twelve percent
(12%) were unmarked. Several students also attended the open house and many of them filled out comment

The popular topics discussed during the Open House and through the feedback received from the comment
forms include:
    - Concern that the new 21st Century School would result in a smaller facility than currently exists;
    - Loss of the heritage school building;
    - Maintain a high level of sustainability;
    - Safety and education of the students comes first;
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    -    Maintain the outdoor green space;
    -    Retain the covered play areas;
    -    Maintain and enhance the before and after school care; and
    -    Ability of the Ministry and VSB to deliver.

The comments have been summarized below according to question.

21st Century Learning & School Design Concepts
Although the comments received were generally supportive of the 21st Century design concepts (its focus on
child learning, flexibility of building spaces, the delivery of a safe school, bridging the gap between school
and community) a number of questions and concerns were raised.

    -    Would the Ministry and VSB be able to deliver the final product due to cost and budget constraints?

    -    Ensure the building (whether new or renovated) will be built for the long term. There appears to be
         some confusion about the lifespan of new school facilities as compared to existing buildings.

    -    Unclear sustainability target.

    -    Respect the existing building and its heritage value, both for the neighbourhood and the City.

    -    Ensure that enough covered outdoor play space is included in the new design.

    -    Ensure the outdoor green and play space areas are maintained.

Mix of Potential NCLD Partners
Most in attendance were supportive of the proposed NCLD partners for the school. A number of responses
however expressed disappointment over the fact that there were only a few agencies that expressed interest
in the school. They felt there are and should be more groups that could benefit both the school and
community. Additional agencies suggested related to seniors and the arts. A number of responses
expressed the need for flexible NCLD spaces to ensure that if agencies were added or if others left or
expanded there would be adequate and suitable space for them. There is strong support from all groups for
the maintenance and expansion of the existing child care facilities.

Space Analysis and Program Enhancements
Of the 116 comment forms received, fifty four (54) did not provide a response to this question. The remaining
62 responses provided mixed feedback about how well the spaces, programs and areas delivered the NCLD
vision, and focused on three common themes:

    °    concern with the overall reduction in the school area;
    °    identifying a specific programmed space and questioning whether sufficient space had been
         allocated to it; and
    °    highlighting specific program elements they felt delivered the vision.

Many of those concerned with the overall reduction in the school area identified that the proposed space
allocation for a replacement school was smaller than the existing school and concern with whether it would
be adequate to deliver both the educational and NCLD programs successfully. Comments about specific
programs asked whether adequate space was allocated to classrooms, storage, gym, stage, multi-purpose
for child care and design space. The ability of the spaces to be flexible and to accommodate a variety of uses
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was also noted. Many respondents repeated the need for a covered outdoor play area large enough to
handle school and after hour activities, as well as being excited about a larger gymnasium. Some felt that
what was being presented was not much different than any other new school. Heritage value of the existing
building was noted.

Site Analysis and Concepts
This question garnered the largest response from the attendees. Of the 116 who responded to this question,
approximately 30% supported the renovation and /or partial replacement concept. Reasons for their support
     - Maintain the strong heritage value of the existing building

    -    Maintain the larger area, higher ceiling and wider hallways

    -    Able to maintain the larger flex spaces like the basement

    -    Renovation is more sustainable than demolition and new construction

A number of those that supported this option felt it important that the students be transferred off site during

Approximately 20% supported the complete replacement concept citing the following reasons:
    - Result is a safer school (as it relates to the seismic upgrade)

    -    More sustainable

    -    Less disruption to the children and staff (only one move compared to two or three)

The remaining 23% indicated they were neutral and 27% did not respond (N/A).

Other comments felt that the on-site parking was a waste of outdoor green space, and linked this with the
need for sustainability suggesting that people should be encouraged to use alternate forms of transportation
to get to and from school. They also felt there was more than adequate street parking in the area.

Additional Comments
Additional comments typically reiterated the comments given above with the common themes being:
    - More space is required than what is being proposed

    -    Heritage value is important to the neighbourhood

    -    Maintain a high level of sustainability

    -    Maintain a high level of child care

    -    Lack of confidence that the Ministry will be able to deliver.

    Please note that there has been additional community feedback received that is exclusive of the Open
    House feedback. See appendix for details.

Conclusions and Recommendations
The Neighbourhood Centre of Learning and Development (NCLD) process has benefitted from very
passionate and involved parent, community and staff representatives at each of the schools. The process
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has taken approximately one year to complete with the General Gordon Representative Team (RT) guiding
the process and providing significant feedback throughout. Several factors have contributed to defining the
General Gordon NCLD program and space allocation proposal, including results from the vision session,
external agency needs and interests, the Ministry’s existing area standards, the facility expertise of VSB staff
and architectural consultants, the advice and guidance from the Steering Committee, and the feedback
received from the public Open House.

The information received from the school’s Vision Session and external agencies helped define the program
for the General Gordon NCLD. It helped to not only determine what the 21st Century Learning Spaces would
include but also ensured that the space required for the NCLD program was delivered. The ministry
standards were applied to define the core school requirements. Architectural consultants used their expertise
to define additional building area required to deliver the proposed NCLD programs envision for this school.
The additional NCLD space would support NCLD programs and improve the functionality within the core

The Open House summarized and presented information about the NCLD project to the community. The
information initiated a public conversation that uncovered opportunities and issues related to the project and
the proposed program and space allocation for the General Gordon NCLD. The attendees generally support
the concept of a NCLD at General Gordon.

The comment form response to the question requesting confirmation about the NCLD program and space
allocation proposal had mixed results. Close to half of the responses did not answer the question and the
remainder noted concerns with three items in general:
     ° concern with the overall gross reduction in the school area, in particular the loss of the
          unprogrammed basement space;
     ° identifying a specific programmed space and questioning whether sufficient space had been
          allocated to it, (i.e., classrooms, storage, gym, stage, multi-purpose areas for child care and design
          space); and
     ° highlighting specific program elements they felt delivered the vision, such as spaces that would
          encourage community access (i.e. informal gathering, multi-purpose areas for child care, stage and
          gymnasium space).

At the Open House and throughout this process, both parents and community members recognized the
importance of providing a safe school for the children and teaching staff. Three facility concepts were
presented at the Open House (i.e., complete renovation, partial renovation and full replacement) and these
garnered extensive discussion. Many comments related to the provision of adequate space for both the
school and NCLD and whether that space would be provided in a fully renovated or replacement school.

Comments made about specific facility concepts related to the importance of sustainability, heritage, safety
and learning environments. Some noted that the full renovation, and to a lesser extent partial replacement, of
a building was more sustainable (i.e., by diverting waste from the landfill) than a full replacement facility, and
that building retention would maintain an important heritage resource for the community. Comments that
related to the replacement option focussed on its ability to deliver the greatest seismic safety and learning
environments for students.

A preliminary draft of the General Gordon NCLD Space Program Report was presented to the school’s
Representative Team on December 9, 2009. Some of the RT members felt that the recommended NCLD
space allocation proposal did not adequately respond to the concerns raised at the Open House. In
response to the RT’s concerns, it was noted that the space program proposal and recommendations take into
consideration numerous factors, as outlined in this report. An overview of the VSB’s recently adopted
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consultation process was provided, highlighting opportunities for future design development feedback. The
RT was provided with the date when the revised Space Program Final Report would be publicly available on
the VSB’s website (January 8th) and advised of the January 14th delegation request deadline for the January
19th Committee II meeting, if they wished to address any items in the report.

In consideration of the feedback received throughout the consultation process, agency groups and Steering
Committee, the following recommendations are to:

    •   Endorse the General Gordon NCLD proposed program and space allocation as envisioned by the
        school and presented to the community as sufficient to meet the stated NCLD program objectives.

    •   Continue consultation with potential partner agencies after the Project Definition is endorsed to
        ensure the facility design accommodates sufficient flexibility to deliver diverse agency
        services/programs required to meet the needs of the school and community over time.

    •   Seek design solutions for covered outdoor teaching and play spaces.

    •   Revisit the comments received at the Public Open House once a detailed design process is initiated
        in order to address comments related to heritage, parking, space relationships and facility/space

    •   Include the 21st Century Education Design, Comprehensive Audit, Seismic Safety, Heritage and
        Sustainability concepts as referenced on the Open House Presentation Boards in the Project
        Definition, Design Option and Feasibility Assessment and Identification of Optimal Design Solution

    •   Follow an integrated design and consultative process that the VSB adopted in March 2009.

    •   Forward the recommendations to Vancouver Board of Education Committee II - Planning and
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   1.   Presentation Boards from the November 19, 2009 Open House at General Gordon School
   2.   Open House Notification (Advertisement, Open House Flyer)
   3.   Copy of Sign-in Sheet
   4.   Copy of Comment Form 
   5.   Transcription of Comment Forms 
   6.   Additional Community Feedback 
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Additional Community Feedback

Three submissions have been received throughout this process from the following groups:

         •         West Kitsilano Residents Association

         •         General Gordon Parent Advisory Council Renewal Committee; and

         •         General Gordon Staff.

The West Kitsilano Residents Association presented a resolution to the Representative Team at the
September meeting, as follows:

         “Understanding that concerns about seismic safety, achieving an optimal environment, sustainability,
         workplace issues, heritage preservation, and costs can be satisfactorily resolved, the position of the West Kits
         Residents Association is that the portions of the General Gordon School completed in 1911 and 1922 should
         be preserved as a goal of the school renewal process.” (passed July 7, 2009).

The General Gordon Parent Advisory Council Renewal Committee circulated a letter to the General Gordon NCLD RT
Committee via E-mail on December 9, 2009. The letter addressed three concerns with the November 19th Open House
(summarized in turn). First, it was noted that approximately half of the renewal committee did not receive the Open
House flyer. Second, feedback that they have received from people in the community suggests that the information
panels at the Open House were unclear; ideas were illustrated, but how they specifically applied to the General Gordon
school was not presented (e.g., sustainability, 21st Century Design Principles) and there was uncertainty about what
information the comment form questions were trying to gather. The third item that was noted was that there appeared to
be a bias towards a replacement school both in the content presented in the information panels (e.g., imagery of new
schools, text neglected or included items of preference) and of the staff on hand.
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    Thank you for joining us at the Neighbourhood Centres of
         Learning & Development (NCLD) open house.

                          Purpose of the Open House:

     > Introduce Neighbourhood Centres of Learning and Development to the community
     > Provide an overview of the consulta�on to date
     > Introduce 21st Century Learning and School Design principles
     > Confirm the proposed alloca�on of space for the NCLD
     > Provide an overview of the NCLD �meline moving forward
     > Receive your feedback

                We Want to Know What You Think
  We invite you to view the display boards, ask questions of the
           project team and fill out a comment form.

                          Your input is important to us!

           Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
           Public Open House
Where are you from ?
Please place a pin on the map to indicate where you live or work!

                                    Macdonald Street

                                                       4th Ave

                         General Gordon
                         Elementary School

                                                                 West Broadway

              Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
              Public Open House
NCLD Project Process
                                                                                                                                            We Are Here:
What Has Happened?

                                                                                                                                            Open House

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     Ministry�                NCLD�            Representative�          Visioning�&�     Summer�2009��           Open�House� �     �
     Announcement�            Steering�        Teams�formed�            Agency�          NCLD�Program�           Confirm�proposed�
                              Committee��      at�Each�School�          Working�         Development�            allocation�of�space�for�
 �                            Formed�                                   Session�         &�Agency�               NCLD�program�

What’s Next?

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                                                      BY�MINISTRY�              Consultation




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     Community�        School�        Open�House�&�              Definition� Options�and�      of�Optimal�       VSB�Project�� Development          Permit�
     Feedback�         NCLD��                                                                  Design�           Agreement� Process���              Application�
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                                      to�VSB�Committee�II��          ��21 �Century�Education�Design�
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                             FALL 2009                                       WINTER 2010                                            SPRING 2010

                             Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                             Public Open House
What is an NCLD ?
Provincial Seismic Mitigation Program and the
Neighbourhood Centres of Learning and Development (NCLD) Project
The goal of Provincial Seismic Mi�ga�on Program is to address the life safety of students
and staff in school buildings and ensure schools are structurally safe in the event of an                 NCLD Project
earthquake. As part of the Seismic Program, the Ministry of Educa�on announced the NCLD
Project to op�mize use of school facili�es. The goal of the NCLD project is to bring together            Objectives:
educa�on and community services in a single neighbourhood hub that would meet the                        • Define a facility opera�onal program
needs of school and community. Enhanced NCLD schools can be used for educa�onal or                         for each school; Queen Mary, General
community services, such as early learning or child-care programs, office or mee�ng rooms                    Gordon and Lord Strathcona.
for non-profit organiza�ons, health clinics, sports programs, family resource or seniors’
                                                                                                         • Develop a set of Ministry policies and
centres, industry training, or branch libraries.
                                                                                                           guidelines about how to integrate
                                                                                                           addi�onal community services into
The Vancouver Board of Educa�on is one of six school districts in the province par�cipa�ng
                                                                                                           school facili�es throughout Bri�sh
in the NCLD Project. A Steering Commi�ee comprised of representa�ves from the Ministry
of Educa�on and the Vancouver School Board will guide the process. Brook + Associates is
managing the NCLD Process.

The Schools

General Gordon : 2896 West 6th Avenue                           Queen Mary : 2000 Trimble Street               Lord Strathcona : 592 East Pender Street

                                        Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                                        Public Open House
What is an NCLD ?

NCLDs are intended to serve the needs and interests of
parents and their children from the �me of infancy through
adolescence as well as the needs and interests of the
community as a whole while mee�ng District and Ministry
direc�ons. These centres u�lize space and resources in
exis�ng, renovated or new facili�es to provide the surrounding
neighbourhood a greater array of programs and services.

Guiding Principles
• Support the lifelong learning and development of young                                    Health      Se�lement
  people, their families and community without compromising                                 Services    Services
  the educa�onal programming, safety and func�onal space
  requirements for young people.
                                                                               Learning                         Community &
• Provide for the direct involvement of agency partners in                     Connec�ons                       Family
  offering the programs, services and ac�vi�es that serve the                                      School        Services
                                                                               & Literacy
  program of the NCLD.
• Engage school and community partners and government in the
  development of the NCLD program.                                                                           Child
                                                                                      Recrea�on              Care
• Strive for sustainability (economic, environmental and                              & Sport
  social) by efficiently using resources and taking advantage of
                                                                                                   & Arts
  opportuni�es to support the current and future well-being of
  young people, their families and the community over �me.

                         Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                         Public Open House
Who is Involved? (Participants)

                                                                                               Community Engagement
                                                                                               Opportunity for input and
                                                                                                community feedback
            Educa�on                                 Representa�ve Teams (RT)
                                                     Each school has an RT comprised of
                                                     the school principal, teachers, support
                                                     staff, parents and community members          Community NCLD
                                                     with a direct connec�on to the school.          Visions
         STEERING                                    Members of the RT par�cipate in a
        COMMITTEE                                    working group for the NCLD planning
                                                     process at the school and share
       Ministry of Educa�on                                                                        Community &
                                                     informa�on between their respec�ve
   Vancouver Board of Educa�on                                                                    Agency Working
                                                     cons�tuent groups and the working
        Brook + Associates                                                                           Sessions

         Vancouver Board                                           Queen Mary
                                                                                                    Open House
                                                                Representa�ve Team
           of Educa�on

                                                                  General Gordon
                                                                Representa�ve Team
                                                                  Lord Strathcona
                                                                Representa�ve Team

                  Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                  Public Open House
School & Community Context
General Gordon
General Gordon is located in central Kitsilano and serves a diverse and vital com-                                                                       U�liza�on by School & Community:
munity. The school accommodates students in two programs: Kindergarten to                                                                                •   District Program - Grade 6 & 7 Late French
Grade Seven regular, and Grade Six and Seven Late French Immersion.                                                                                          Immersion Program; Grade 4 & 5 MACC
                                                                                                                                                             French Immersion (+Grade 6 & 7 in 2010)
                                           School: General Gordon Elementary                                                                             •   Gym:
                                           Address: 2896 West 6th Avenue                                                                                       - pre and post school sport team use
                                           Age of Building: 97 years (Built in 1912)                                                                           - community karate classes
                                                                                                                                                               - community soccer team
                                           School Popula�on: Approx. 415                                                                                       - Band prac�ce (piano)
                                                                                                                                                               - More Sports programs
                                                                                                                                                         •   Library:
                                                                                                                                                               - Lunch hour club
                                                                                                                                                               - PAC mee�ngs
                              ��������� ����                                                       ������                                                      - Vancouver Public Library programs
                                                                                                                                                         •   Jericho Kids Club - morning and a�er school
                                ������ ����
                                                                                                                                                             care, summer camps
                                                                       ��������� ��������
                                                                                                                                                         •   Guides & Brownies
                                                                                                                                                         •   Covered play area (informal outdoor adult
                                                                                                                                                             community exercise class)

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                                                                                                                                                             Census Popula�on in 2006:                          40,595
                                                                                                                                                             Number of Families:                                9,755
                                                                                                                                                             Children Living at Home:                           6,505
                                                                                                                                                             Language by Mother Tongue:
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                                                                                                                             ������� �������� ����                        - English         75%           - German 2.1%
                                                                                                                                                                          - French          3.2%          - Greek       1.8%
                                                                                                                                                                          - Chinese 4.5%                  - Spanish 1.6%

                                                                                                                                                             source: City of Vancouver Community Sta�s�cs Census Data
 Community Context : Local Facili�es and Ameni�es

                                                     Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                                                     Public Open House
Vision Session & Outcomes
General Gordon
Vision Session Overview
 The visioning session for General Gordon Elementary, held on April   Par�cipants were divided into five smaller groups for the visioning
 23, 2009, brought the school community together with local and       exercise to record the ideas of each group on to “tablecloths” of
 provincial agencies in order to develop a vision for the General     paper. In addi�on to the core educa�onal requirements and seismic
 Gordon NCLD.                                                         upgrades of the school, a list of the spaces and programs have been
                                                                      proposed as complementary uses for the future NCLD.

Vision Session Outcomes
A�er each group presented their findings to the rest of the            Further analysis was done to iden�fy the common themes that
par�cipants, many commonali�es became apparent among                  arose from all five “tablecloths” at the session. Below is a table that
the five “tablecloths”. Par�cipants were lead through a                summarizes the spaces, programs and discussion topics that were
discussion to iden�fy the common spaces, programs and                 repeated in at least two or more of the five “tablecloths”:
issues that would begin to shape the conceptual NCLD space
for General Gordon. A “bubble diagram” groups related                  Space Needs                        Program Needs                  Values / Themes

themes together:                                                       INDOOR:
                                                                       • Gym (larger)
                                                                                                          • Childcare
                                                                                                          • Strong Start
                                                                                                                                         • Sustainability:
                                                                                                                                               • Building design (lighting,
                                                                       • Stage / Theatre / Performance    • Early learning                       heating)
                                                                       • Library                          • Before & After School Care         • Life-cycle costing
                                                                       • Multi-purpose                    • Seniors                            • Recycling / compost
                                                                       • Computers / Media                • Adult                        • Heritage
                                                                       • Lunchroom                        • Sport & recreation           • Connection between indoor /
                                                                       • Arts / Music                     • Health                         outdoor space
                                                                       • Designated classrooms            • Special Needs                • Flexible / unprogrammed
                                                                       • Special Needs (sensory, OT)      • Literacy                       space
                                                                       • Atrium / gathering social
                                                                       • Un-programmed space
                                                                       • Flexible space e.g. classroom,
                                                                         meeting space, office, breakout
                                                                         space.                                                          • Administration / Management
                                                                                                                                         • Additional costs &
                                                                       OUTDOOR:                                                            maintenance
                                                                       • Playgrounds                                                     • Leadership
                                                                       • Covered play areas
                                                                       • Field (all-weather)
                                                                       • Parking
                                                                       • Community Garden / Outdoor
                                                                       • Green roof
                                                                       • Preserve open/green space

                         Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                         Public Open House
21st Century Learning & School Design

 It is our collec�ve responsibility as a school district to ensure
 the highest quality of learning for all students, with a focus
 on student engagement, learning and development in a safe,
 inclusive environment.

 School Design Principles:
 1. Learner centered:                                                      3. Community connec�ons:
    • learners’ needs are placed first                                         • the design of the building invites community
    • there are spaces designed for individualized support,                      par�cipa�on
       collabora�ve groups, small learning communi�es,                        • there are spaces to support community
       personal learning and reflec�on, social learning, etc                      enhancements to the educa�onal programs
    • a variety of learning and teaching styles are                           • it is a pleasure to learn, teach, work, play, eat, and
       supported                                                                 socialize in these spaces

 2. Healthy environment:                                                   4. Aesthe�cally significant:
    • a healthy and safe environment is provided for all                      • the students and community are proud of the school
       users                                                                     building
    • natural ligh�ng, temperature control, ven�la�on, and                    • the design establishes an appropriate civic presence
       acous�cs are op�mized                                                     for the school in its neighbourhood
    • there are provisions for outdoor learning and physical                  • materials, massing, si�ng, and eleva�ons contribute
       ac�vi�es                                                                  to an inspiring and coherent design (externally and

                                                                           5. Sustainability:
                                                                               •   the building incorporates and visibly demonstrates
                                                                                   sustainable design concepts
                                                                               •   long life / loose fit: the school serves its purpose well
                                                                                   today and can adapt and evolve for the future

                           Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                           Public Open House
21st Century - Arts & Media Spaces
These boards are intended to illustrate newer, less tradi�onal ways of conceptualizing learning spaces.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Library: Knowledge &
• Proper  acous�c de�ec�on,                                                                                                                                                                                                     Technology Hub
  absorp�on and isola�on required                                                                                                                                                                                               • Informa�on   from a variety of media
• Located close to the performance                                                                                                                                                                                              • Di�erent space needs: tables for

                                                                                                                                                                                            Chugach Op�onal Elementary School
  space and away from quieter areas                                                                                                                                                                                               groups, large classroom-sized

                                                                                                                 Terry Fox Public School
• Indirect ligh�ng and ligh�ng control                                                                                                                                                                                            gathering area, so�-surface areas for
• Adequate storage for instruments                                                                                                                                                                                                quiet study
                                                                                                 Proper Acous�cs                                                                                                                • Large quan��es of storage required:

Adequate Storage                                                                                                                                        Break Out Quiet &                                                         shelves within reach of young
                                                                                             Flexible Music Space                                       Group Spaces                                                              students, teaching unit storage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Easily & centrally supervised space

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Integrated Library: Mul�media

                                                                                                                 Whi�er Community School for the Arts
                                 Terry Fox Elementary School

                                                                                                                                                                                            Innisfail Middle School

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ocoee Middle School
                                                                                                                                                                                      light & sound

                                                                                                                                                                      ART                                                                     GYM
                                                                                                                      Magee Secondary School
                                                               Polaris K-12 School

                                                                                                                                                                   (Storage &
                                                                                                                                                                 light control)                                                            accessible,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         performance &
                       Messy Work Areas                                                                                                                                             (Community
                                                                                     Natural Light & Display Areas
Art                                                                                                                                                                    ADMIN
• Ample  daylight with ligh�ng control
• Student-sized work spaces
• Adequate storage, sinks, work &                                                                                                                                                      PLAYGROUND

  display spaces
                                                                                                                      Celentano Museum Academy

• Within proximity to or included in the
  mul�purpose space for larger group                                                                                                                                          Spa�al Rela�onship Diagram
                              Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                              Public Open House
21st Century - Social Spaces
These boards are intended to illustrate newer, less tradi�onal ways of conceptualizing learning spaces.

                                                                                         Charles Dickens Elementary School
                              Latona Elementary School

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Polaris K-12 School
Covered/Uncovered Play                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Informal Gathering Spaces in

                                                                                                                                                                                   Warren Skaaren Environmental Learning Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Atrium or Main Entry
Outdoor Learning/Rainy
Day Play                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Welcoming Entry &
• Exteriorclassroom connec�ons &                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gathering Space
  gardens for ac�ve learning                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Administra�on,   security, school
                                                                                                                             Interior Ac�vity & Gathering
• Classrooms visually/physically                                                                                             Spaces                                                                                                 access, easy to navigate, easy to
  connected to the outdoors                                                                                                                                                                                                         oversee
• Covered play areas for a rainy                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Event spaces

                                                                                         The Children’s Centre
  climate                                                                                                                                                                                                                         • Informal social space
• Before and a�er school program                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Gathering area for �eld trips;
  access & use                                           Covered/Uncovered Play                                                                                                                                                     can be combined with the
                                                                Accessible Roofs                                                                                                                                                    mul�purpose area
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Can be available for before & a�er
Outdoor Learning/Gardening                                                                                                                                                                                                          school programs

                                                                                                                                                                                  Suzhou Singapore Interna�onal School
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Place for parents & community to
                                                                                         Charles Dickens Elementary School

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gather inside and outside

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Outdoor Entries

                                                         GENERAL         GENERAL
                                                         TEACHING        TEACHING



                                                                                                                                                            Latona Elementary School
                              Yu Neng Primary School

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Atrium School

                             Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                             Public Open House
21st Century - Activity Spaces
These boards are intended to illustrate newer, less tradi�onal ways of conceptualizing learning spaces.
                                                           ADMIN.                                  NCLD                           STOR.


                              Greenman Elementary School


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spruce Street Nursery School

Integrated Performance Space                                                                                       PURPOSE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mul�purpose Kitchen
Gym:                                                                                                             PLAYGROUND

• Historicallythe central gathering
  space within the school                                                                                                                                                                                                               Multipurpose Room
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Large ac�vity area that could

                                                                                                                                                                                                   J Lyndall Hughes Elementary School
• Space can host a variety of sports
  & ac�vi�es: intramural ac�vi�es,                                                                                                                                                                                                        be used for: messy classrooms,
  interschool compe��on,                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lunch programs, rainy day play
  performances                                                                                                                                                                                                                            area
• Gym can be rented out to
                                                                                                                                                                       Conver�ble Mul�purpose Rm                                        • Before & a�er school

                                                                                                                                                 Delta Concert Band
  community a�er school hours                                                                                                                                          for Performance                                                    programming
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Adequate storage allows for
• Possible to integrate �exible
  stage/performance areas                                                                                                                                                                                                                 mul�ple uses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Separate from circula�on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Warm & invi�ng place for the

                                                                                                                                                                                                   James A. Gar�eld High School
                                                                                                                                                 Polaris K-12 School

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          community, a clear des�na�on
                                                                                                                 Gym Community Use                                                                                                        from the main school entry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Poten�al performance space

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        J Lyndall Hughes Elementary School
                                                                                                                                                 Atrium School

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Bay County Seniors Group
Gym Climbing Wall                                                                                                       Informal Gathering
                                                                                                                              & Play Space
                                                                                                                                                                       Community Use                                                              Mul�purpose & Cafeteria
                              Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                              Public Open House
21st Century - Area Relationships
This board is intended to illustrate a synthesis of the func�onal program rela�onships.

                         School Zone                                     Community/School Enhanced Zone

                                                Outdoor Play                                                  Playground                Learning Spaces: Classrooms

                                                                  Exchange                Music

       Adventure &

       Crea�ve Play
                                                                Mul�purpose                                      Gymnasium
                                                Early           Out of School Care
                                                                     Kitchen                                                            Ac�vity Spaces: Mul�purpose
                               WC                                                                           Public      Ch      Stor.

                                             Major Circula�on

            Classrooms                      Classrooms                                                                         Lab
                                                                   Admin.                                     Library
                                                                      Office                Entry
                                                                      Health                              media tech centre   Work
    Stor.     Break   Stor.                                         Staff Room                                                               Social Spaces: Gathering
               Out                                                      Wc

               Mul�ple Classroom Clusters                                                               Street Frontage & Drop Off

                                                                                                                                         Arts & Media Spaces: Music
                                       Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                                       Public Open House
21st Century - Sustainability
These boards are intended to illustrate newer, less tradi�onal ways of conceptualizing learning spaces.
                          Rainwater Collection

                               Large                                                                     Sun
                               windows                                                                                                                                                                        Hydrologic cycle
                               to increase                                                                                                                                                                  Demonstration swale
                               daylight    Reflective
                 Heat Recovery and outdoor roofing
                               views                                                                                    Teaching

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Charles Dickens Public School
                                                                                           nl ight                       garden

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Kennedy King College
                                                                                                      screens                                                                      Post-disaster
     Operable                                                                                                                                                                      design w/emergency
     Windows                                                                                                                                                                       water supply

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Bankton Primary School
                 viewing window                                                   Low emitting finishing
                 to building systems                                              materials (paints, flooring, glues)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stormwater                                           Solar Control
                                                        Underground                                                                                                                               Infiltration
                                                        parking preserves                                        “Garage Doors”
Rainwater                                               open space on                                            maximize cross-ventilation
collection                                              school site                                              in commons/lunch room
into cistern
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Low VOC (Emissions) Products
for toilet
flushing        Zoned
                lighting system
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       • Reuse/refurbish  exis�ng materials
                and occupancy               cooling

                sensors to

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       • Building orienta�on & shading devices
                use of daylight
                and reduce energy
                consumption                                                                               • Environmentally                                                                       friendly cleaning                                      can minimize hea�ng, cooling, ligh�ng
Sustainable Design                                                                                          products                                                                                                                                     and air circula�on requirements
                                                                                                          • Proper equipment commissioning                                                                                                             • Energy e�cient ligh�ng & HVAC
                                                                                                            Reduced wastewater produc�on                                                                                                               • Low emissions materials to improve air

                                                                                                          Education                                                                                                                                      quality
                                                                                                          • School recycling and materials sor�ng                                                                                                      • Water capture & reuse

                                                                                                            programs                                                                                                                                   • Natural ven�la�on systems
                                                 Momentum Advantage Partnership

                                                                                                          • Using the building & grounds to teach                                                                                                      Community
                                                                                                            sustainability                                                                                                                             • Community   gardens                                                                    Natural Ven�la�on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       • Integrate community partnerships
Geothermal HVAC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Encourage Alterna�ve Transporta�on

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Galilee Catholic Learning Community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Zipcar/Edison New Jersey Bicycle

Outdoor Classrooms                                                                                                                                                                 Encourage Alterna�ve Transporta�on                                                                                                                Natural Materials /Dayligh�ng
                                                                                                     Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                                                                                                     Public Open House
21st Century - Learning Spaces
These boards are intended to illustrate newer, less tradi�onal ways of conceptualizing learning spaces.

                                                                               Spruce Street Nursery School

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Galilee Catholic Learning Community
Classroom: Learning Hub
• Clusters of classrooms teaching                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Breakout Space Options

                                                                                                                                                                 Mothers’ Club Family Learning Centre
  similar ages

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Galilee Catholic Learning Community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Quiet  “cave” spaces within
• Pairs or groups of rooms for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  classrooms for individual learning
  collabora�ve team-teaching & co-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Smaller adjacent spaces for group
  teaching                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        projects
• Adjacent to break-out spaces
                                                                                                                                  Visibility & Adjoining Rooms                                          Quiet Re�ec�on Spaces                                                                   • Shared between classrooms in a
• Adaptable, �exible, with ample
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  separate room
  storage & display spaces                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Individual rooms or alcove spaces
• Small group work & gathering areas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  along corridors
  within the classroom




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         GENERAL              GENERAL
            MESS                    STUDENT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TEACHING             TEACHING
                                                                                                              GENERAL TEACHING


                                    STORAGE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BREAK�

                                                                                                                                                                 Charles Dickens Elementary School

                     GENERAL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 CIRCULATION


                                         BREAKOUT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     OUT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Innisfail Middle School
                                           SPACE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         GENERAL              GENERAL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         TEACHING             TEACHING




                                                                                                                                 Flexible & Exis�ng Classrooms                                          Break Out Spaces                                                                                        Break Out Space Example
                                           Charles Dickens Elementary School

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Charles Dickens Elementary School
                                                                                                                                                                 James A. Gar�eld High School

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Atrium School

Classroom Storage
                                                                               Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                                                                               Public Open House
Gordon Elementary Upgrade with New Gym Concept
3-4 phases of construc�on
required for comple�on.
Gym in mul�purpose area,             Upgrade with New Gym Concept
classes & library moved into         *This is a sample scheme for this concept only.
portables in phases.                                                                                    Advantages:
          Limited Sta� Parking                                                                          • Most of exis�ng building
                                                              6TH AVE W
                     Poten�al                                                                             maintained & upgraded
                   Play Areas                                                                           • Highest degree of building
    Exis�ng Building Upgrade
     & Func�onal Altera�ons                                                                             • New larger gym provided

                                                                                                        • U�lizes exis�ng elevators, main
             Classroom Block
                                                                                                          service connec�ons; boiler reused
               Hard Play Area                                                                           • Sustainable design approach

         Exis�ng Loading area                                                                 LANE        based on reten�on of exis�ng
                  maintained                                                                              building fabric & upgrading of
          New Entry at Grade
    New 2-Storey Height Gym                                                                             Disadvantages:
                   New Music                                                                            • Limited sta� parking area
     10-12 Portables Required
                                                                                                        • Mul�-phase construc�on:
     During Construc�on: incl.
    library and administra�on                                                               7TH AVE W
                                                                                                          portables required on exis�ng
                                                                                                          playeld; no playeld for dura�on
             Upgrade Exis�ng                                                                              of construc�on & demoli�on &
               Mul�purpose                                                                                disrup�on due to construc�on
         All Weather Playeld                                                                           • Limited ability to adapt exis�ng
                                                                                                          school into new learning space
   Retain Community Garden                                                                                congura�ons & new NCLD
                                        BAYSWATER STREET

          Exis�ng Montessori                                                                              programming
                  Pre-School                                                                            • Main oor not at grade - mul�ple
                                                                                              LANE        levels impede accessibility
                                                                                                        • Day care poten�ally relocated
                                                                                                          during construc�on

                           Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                           Public Open House
Gordon Elementary                                                         Partial Replacement Concept
2 phases of construc�on re-
quired for comple�on. Whole
school including gym, mul�-         Partial Upgrade & Partial Replacement Concept
purpose area & library moved        *This is a sample scheme for this concept only.
into portables on eld.                                                                                Advantages:
             New Sta� Parking                                                                          •A  por�on of exis�ng building
                                                              6TH AVE W

           Crea�ve Play Areas                                                                            preserved; boiler reused
                                                                                                       • New gym developed
     Exis�ng Building Upgrade
                                                                                                       • New learning block created
      & Func�onal Altera�ons
                                                                                                       • Incorporates exis�ng elevator
      New 3-Storey Classroom                                                                             landing levels
                        Block                                                                          • Sta� parking provided on site
               Hard Play Area                                                                          • Retained   playground areas
                                                                                                       • Sustainabledesign approach
          New Entry at Grade
                                                                                                        seeks a balance between retaining
           New 2-Storey Gym                                                                             exis�ng building fabric and
                                                                                                        replacing envelope & systems
      New Mul�purpose Area                                                                              components
            Crea�ve Play Area
         New Service/Loading                                                                           Disadvantages:
                        Area                                                                           • Either en�re school (including
                                                                                           7TH AVE W
                                                                                                         day care) to be relocated o�-
       20-25 Portables During                                                                            site (no viable site available), OR
          Construc�on on All                                                                             en�re playeld used for portables
            Weather Playeld                                                                             during construc�on; no playeld
           Retain Community                                                                              for dura�on of construc�on &
                     Garden                                                                              demoli�on
                                                                                                       • Op�mum  congura�on of
                                       BAYSWATER STREET

          Exis�ng Montessori                                                                            new learning & NCLD spaces
                  Pre-School                                                                            compromised to accommodate
                                                                                                        exis�ng building levels &

                          Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                          Public Open House
Gordon Elementary                                                                Full Replacement Concept
2 phases of construc�on re-
quired for comple�on. Whole         Full Replacement Concept
school built new then old           *This is a sample scheme for this concept only.
school demolished.                                                                                     Advantages:
                                                              6TH AVE W                                • Exis�ng building retained un�l
                                                                                                         comple�on (no demoli�on prior

                                       BAYSWATER STREET
                                                                                                         to construc�on); no portables
    New All Weather Playeld                                                                           • New school building can be
                                                                                                         designed to accommodate new
            New Sta� Parking
                                                                                                         congura�ons for learning spaces
   Retain Community Garden                                                                             • Exis�ng boiler can be reused

           New 2-Storey Gym                                                                 LANE       • Highest   seismic performance
                Service Area                                                                           • Main entrance & public areas
              New 2-Storey                                                                               located at grade
      Mul�purpose & Related                                                                            • Enlarged playeld; community
                     Spaces                                                                              garden retained
                                                                                                       • Sustainable design approach
               Drop-o� Zone
                                                                                                         based on crea�on of new building
                  New Entry                                                                              envelope & systems to minimize
                                                                                           7TH AVE W
                                                                                                         opera�onal environmental cost
                New 3-Storey
             Classroom Block
         Retain Exis�ng Trees                                                                          Disadvantages:
                                                                                                       • No playeld for dura�on of
              Hard Play Area                                                                             construc�on & demoli�on
          Crea�ve Play Areas                                                                           • No exis�ng building reten�on

          Exis�ng Montessori
                  Pre-School    N

                          Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                          Public Open House
 Potential NCLD Partner Agencies
    The Ministry of Educa�on will provide addi�onal space as part of                                      the services delivered as part of the NCLD, and these agencies/
    the capital project to accommodate basic services provided by any                                     partners are also encouraged to contribute capital funding, where
    provincial and local agencies as part of the future NCLD. Provincial and                              possible, to provide enhanced facili�es delivering community
    local agencies are expected to provide opera�onal funding to support                                  services.

                                                         Agency    Vision Session   Exis�ng   Expressed   EXISTING PARTNERS: Agencies that provide services or programs that are im-
                    Agency Contacted
                                                         Session    Par�cipant      Partner    Interest   portant to the school and community and will be integrated into the NCLD &
                                                                                                          21st Century Learning and School Design process.
Art Starts                                                  x
Arts Umbrella                                               x
                                                                                                          EXPRESSED INTEREST: Agencies who have been contacted throughout this proc-
Associa�on of Neighbourhood Houses
                                                            x            x
                                                                                                          ess and have expressed an interest in providing expanded programming and
City of Vancouver
                                                                                                          services at the school. These partners will be consulted as the NCLD & 21st Cen-
Fresh Choice Kitchens - Community Kitchen Program
                                                                                       x                  tury Learning and School Design process con�nues. An overview of their pro-
Ivy Montessori School
                                                                                                          grams and services follows.
Immigra�on Services Society of BC
Jericho Kids Club                                                        x             x
                                                                         x                        x       CHILDCARE: Ivy Montessori and Jericho Kids Club will remain on site. The enhanced
Kits Neighbourhood House
                                                                         x                        x       mul�-purpose room would permit an out of school care licensed capacity of 60 spac-
Kitsilano Daycare
Langara College
Literacy Now (2010 Legacies)                                x            x
                                                                                                          COMMUNITY SERVICES: The Vancouver Parks Board has indicated it is interested in
Ministry of Educa�on - Strong Start BC, Early Learning
                                                                                                          providing expanded community programs (e.g., fitness classes).
Ministry of Healthy Living & Sport                          x
MoreSports                                                  x            x             x
                                                                                                          FAMILY SUPPORT: The West Coast Childcare Resource Centre provides training to
MOSAIC                                                                   x                        x
                                                                                                          support care providers and parents; they also run a very popular Toy Lending Pro-
Provincial Health Services Authority                                     x
                                                                                                          gram - these programs are drop-in. West Side Family Place provides parent educa�on
SFU                                                         x
                                                                                                          and support programs - programs occur in the morning and include child minding
St. James Community Square                                                                                services. These future programs could be located in the early learning or NCLD mul�-
St. James Daycare                                                                                         purpose space
UBC Learning Exchange                                       x
Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society      x
                                                                                                          HEALTH SERVICES: Vancouver Coastal Health is exploring opportuni�es to provide
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre                                                                    greater health services, including immuniza�on, hearing and vision screening.
Vancouver Board of Parks & Recrea�on                        x            x                        x
Vancouver Coastal Health                                    x            x                        x       SETTLEMENT SERVICES: Organiza�ons such as MOSAIC and Immigrant and Se�le-
Vancouver Community College - Regional Literacy             x                                             ment Services of BC provide programs that could include Homework Clubs, Art Pro-
Vancouver Francophone Cultural Centre                                                                     grams and other programming
Vancouver Learning City                                     x                                             for the community. The nature
Vancouver Na�ve Health Society                                                                            of their services at the school
Vancouver Police Department                                 x                                             would be defined through the
Vancouver Public Library                                    x            x                                need as iden�fied by the com-
West Coast Child Care Resource Centre                       x                                     x       munity. Programming could oc-
West Side Family Place                                                                            x       cur in the NCLD learning connec-
Young Naturalists of B.C.                                   x                                             �ons space.

                                           Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                                           Public Open House
Proposed NCLD Program Enhancements
Based on the input provided during the Visioning                                           Music                                                Art
process a proposed NCLD school program and space                             Dedicated music classroom to ensure
                                                                                                                                   Top-up to a general instruc�on
                                                                                                                                classroom with addi�onal space for
alloca�on has been developed that takes into                                adequate storage, sound acous�cs, and
                                                                                                                              equipment, messy areas, storage, and
considera�on:                                                               prac�ce area (100 m2). The music room
                                                                                                                             sink (20 m2). The Ar�sts in Communi�es
                                                                            can help support local arts and culture
                                                                                                                              Program and local ar�sts could partner                        Computer
•   School pedagogy and values;                                             ac�vi�es as it could be made available                                                                  Top-up space (40 m2) to integrate
                                                                                                                                  with the school to teach specific
•   21st Century School Design Principles;                                 for community groups like Arts Umbrella                                                               technology within the library or other
                                                                                                                                programs and par�cipate in special
•   District programs and learning enrichment school func�ons;              as well as rented as rehearsal space by                                                               learning spaces. The space could be
                                                                                                                                events, celebra�ons and fes�vals at
•   Proposed NCLD partners’ space needs; and                                        local choirs and bands.                                                                      shared with NCLD partners to support
                                                                                                                                 school and in the neighbourhood.
•   The Ministry’s Area Standards.                                                                                                                                                community literacy ac�vi�es, parent
                                                                                                                                                                                  and community resources, and adult
                                                                                                                                                                                          educa�on programs.

                    Learning Connec�ons                                                         School Capacity
              Addi�onal space (80 m2) to support current and
           future community partnerships and programs such as
                                                                                    40 Full-day Kindergarten (2 classrooms)                                                           Enhanced Library
                                                                                                                                                                                 Top-up space (40 m2) to accommodate
           community literacy, post secondary student exchange                          400 Grade 1 – 7 (16 classrooms)                                                            bilingual book collec�on. The space
             programs, community services, parent’s educa�on
             and resources; may be used to enhance the mul�-                             Early Learning (2 classrooms)                                                           could be shared with NCLD partners to
             purpose room or created as a separate space. This                                                                                                                    support community literacy ac�vi�es
              space could be available to the community a�er                                                                                                                          and adult educa�on programs.
                               school hours.                                          The core school program would total
                                                                                            approximately 3,600 m2

                           Performance                                                                                                                                               Flexible Gathering
              Addi�onal flexible performance space (60 m2)                                                                                                                  Addi�onal flexible performance space (30 m2) could
               could supplement the gym or mul�-purpose                    The proposed NCLD space alloca�ons would total                                              supplement the gym or mul�purpose room. The school and
               room. The school and community would use                      663 m . With addi�onal required Design and
                                                                                   2                                                                                    community would use the performance space to support
             the performance space to support local arts and                                                                                                             local arts and culture ac�vi�es such as concerts, dances,
            culture ac�vi�es such as concerts, dances, theatre,            Mechanical spaces, the proposed upgraded school                                                 theatre, and visual art showings. This space could be
                and visual art showings. This space could be                                                                                                                  available to the community a�er school hours.
              available to the community a�er school hours.
                                                                                  would be approximately 4,263 m  2

                           Design Space                                                                                                                                Health Connec�ons
             Addi�onal building circula�on, storage, mechanical and          Mul�-Purpose Space with Kitchen                                          Top-up space (20 m2) is proposed to the Administra�on/Health
              other design space related to the NCLD components                                                                                        area to support Ministry of Health ini�a�ves. When this space
                                                                        Top up space (140 m2) to the mul�-purpose room could be used for              is not being used by health providers, the school could use this
                             noted above (133 m2).
                                                                       a variety of func�ons such as school lunch room, indoor ac�vity area             space for counseling or other school health support services.
                                                                      for rainy days and large group projects. A kitchen area is incorporated
                                                                         to support student cooking and nutri�on programs. Out of School
                                                                          care programs would require access to approximately 240 m2 of
                                                                          mul�-purpose space to ensure licensing for 60 spaces. The space
                                                                      mul�-purpose space could be made available to the community a�er
                                                                          school hours. The space could host a variety of ac�vi�es such as
                                                                      summer camps, inter-genera�onal ac�vi�es, sustainability programs,
                                                                           community nutri�on programs, as well as a variety of sport and
                                                                                                recrea�on ac�vi�es.

                                           Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                                           Public Open House
Space Analysis - Area Comparison

  The NCLD Project defines space enhancement that would serve the needs of the school and broader community. The following
  graphic illustrates rela�ve areas between the exis�ng school, the Ministry Area Standards for a school capacity of 400, and the
  proposed NCLD area enhancements.

        Special                                                                                     Design Space
        (2 Classrooms)

                                                                                                    Design Space
                                                                                                (Corridors & Circula�on Space)
        (2 Classrooms)                  Classrooms
                                      (16 Classrooms + Music)
                                                                         Art                                                      an
                                                                        Top Up                                                  rm Up
                                                                                                                              fo op
          Early                                                                           Gymnasium                        Per T
                                                                                            (Full Size Gym)                                       (80m2)
        Learning                                                  Music                                                     Gym
        (2 Classrooms)                                                                                                     Ancillary      *drawn to rela�ve scale

                                                                                                                                                        Ministry Area Standard @ 400
                                              Health Connec�ons
                                                                                                                                                        Grades 1-7 & 40 Full-day Kindergarten
                          Add.                      Top Up
                                                                                  Learning         General
       Library/          Comp.                                                                                                                          Proposed Enhanced NCLD Area
                                   Admin./                                       Connec�ons       Storage &
      Media/Tech          Add.                                                                     Mech’l
                                    Health                          Mul�purpose         Flex.                                                           Exis�ng Area @ 400 Grades 1-7 & 80
                         Library                                  (with Kitchen top up) Gath.                                                           Half-day Kindergarten

                                                                      Mul�purpose                                                                       Reserved for future Ministry Early
                                                                                                                                                        Learning Programs

                            Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                            Public Open House
Next Steps
What’s Next?

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                           Neighbourhood Centres of Learning & Development (NCLD) Project
                           Public Open House
 Neighbourhood Centres of Learning
      and Development (NCLD)
  You are invited to join the Vancouver School Board and General Gordon Elementary
  School at a public open house to learn more about the NCLD Project. The project
  team will be on hand to answer questions and preliminary concept plans will be
  on display. The purpose of the evening is to:

  > Introduce Neighbourhood Centres of Learning and Development to the
  > Provide an overview of the consultation to date.
  > Introduce 21st Century Learning and School Design Principles.
  > Confirm the proposed space program for the NCLD.
  > Provide an overview of the NCLD project timeline moving forward.
  > Receive your feedback.
                                                           W 5th AVENUE

Date: November 19, 2009
                                                           W 6th AVENUE

Time: 3:00 - 7:00 PM

                                                                                             MACDONALD STREET
Location: General Gordon
                                    BAYSWATER STREET

Elementary (Gymnasium)                                                 W 7th AVENUE
2896 West 6th Avenue

  We hope to see you
       there!                                             W 8th AVENUE

                                                                Ques�ons? Contact Blaire Chisholm
                                                                at 604-731-9053 Ext.104
                                           Centres of
                                           Learning and
                                           You are invited to join the Vancouver School Board and
                                           General Gordon Elementary School at a open house
                                           to learn more about the Neighbourhood Centre of
                                           Learning and Development.

                Vancouver School Board OPEN HOUSE
                     Thursday Nov. 19, 2009 at 3-7 p.m.
                 General Gordon Elementary School, 2896 W. Sixth Ave.

       Preliminary sketches will be presented for the redevelopment of General Gordon
       Elementary School as a Neighbourhood Centre of Learning and Development.
               > Introduce Neighbourhood Centres of Learning and Development.
               > Provide an overview of the consultation to date.
               > Introduce 21st Century Learning and School Design Principles.
               > Confirm the proposed space program for the NCLD.
               > Receive your feedback.

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Attendance at community centres remains stable
Community centres combatting
swine flu fears, transmission
By Janaya Fuller-Evans
Contributing writer
                                                    “WE’RE EVEN POSTING HAND
Community centres throughout the city are
carefully following H1N1 prevention advice
                                                    WASHING INSTRUCTIONS, IF
from Vancouver Coastal Health, which is
reassuring residents who use the facilities,
                                                       YOU CAN BELIEVE IT.”
according to the Vancouver Park Board.                            Dave Ellenwood
   Staff have received information from the
health authority about disinfecting equip-          numbers have remained the same.
ment and putting up signs to make centre               Burnaby’s department of parks, recreation
users aware of prevention methods, Vision           and culture has implemented guidelines
Vancouver park board chair Raj Hundel said.         from the Fraser Health Authority, including
“We have signage in high traffic areas,” Hun-        posting contact info for the health author-
del said, adding signs are in multiple lan-         ity throughout community centres there.
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1. What aspects of the 21st Century Learning and School Design (Arts & Media, Social Spaces, Activity
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2. Several potential partner agencies are proposed for the General Gordon Neighbourhood Centres of
Learning and Development. Does the mix of partners meet your expectations based on the Vision for
the NCLD project (as referenced on the Potential NCLD Partner Agencies board)?

3. The General Gordon Space Analysis & NCLD Program enhancements are defined. How well do the
spaces, programs and areas allocated to them deliver the school and NCLD vision?

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Replacement or Full Replacement). What do you like or dislike?

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1. What aspects of the 21st Century Learning and School Design (Arts & Media, Social Spaces, Activity
Spaces, Learning Spaces, Area Relationships, Sustainability) concepts do you like or dislike? Please
    1. I like all aspects of the 21st Century Learning and School Design concepts. I’m concerned that costs will be
         too high and these design concepts will fly right out the door. Community partners can’t pony up the extra
         costs (how many honestly believe that the VPL can afford to pay off the VSB’s new schools?) The early
         boards sell sustainability with both photos and words – I seriously doubt the budget will allow for this. You’re
         selling something you probably won’t deliver on.
    2. N/A
    3. I like the idea of expansion and modernization for children. I am concerned that the new programs will not
         limit the areas and activities available for kids. I am concerned about child security.
    4. N/A
    5. Most concepts were displayed beautifully and clearly. It was unclear to me what relevance all those amazing
         photographs were to the “upgrading of our school? Are we being offered any of these?
    6. N/A
    7. There are some nice ideas, around sustainability, for example. However there are many faddish concepts
         which will seem outdated in 10 or 20 years let alone the 100 which the original designers of the space we
         have were able to for see well it rains here – we need covered play areas.
    8. At this point it is so broad that it addresses most desires, I believe it is the downstream cost decisions that
    9. Everything but I don’t know what activity spaces, learning spaces or area relationships are.
    10. Visibility rooms, quiet reflective spaces, music space. It’s all lovely!
    11. All the concepts are very appealing. I would just like to make sense that those spaces are available for use
         and not used as multi-purpose. We need a gym and we need a lunchroom as separate spaces.
    12. Sustainability – very important. Social spaces – flex/unprogrammed space – also important.
    13. Creative design to optimize space, however I think in practice storage issues with limit the effectiveness of
         this approach (clutter will unfortunately prevail) Space is necessity.
    14. Sustainability, flexible social spaces, activity spaces.
    15. Like all of the listed items. Would include seeing the Heritage include in 21st Century Learning.
    16. I’m a total advocate of community schools. Let’s create the best one we have here.
    17. N/A
    18. N/A
    19. A kitchen for said events, JKC and teaching cooking. I think it would be great to have spaces available for
         younger children, infants and tots (siblings) to come. A strong start program would be fantastic! Also for the
         school to provide programs to the general public in partnership with local organizations (e.g. Kitsilano
         neighbourhood house) would be beneficial. I think bridging the gap between school and community is of
         great benefit to the school.
    20. N/A
    21. Like very much the provisions of space and appropriately constructed for music room plus provisions for
         performing space. Like the library and computer rooms being close together/adjoining. I would like to see
         the library/computer place close to classrooms.
    22. . Dislike: No outdoor covered play area for rainy days. Cloakroom and storage is included in classroom
         square footage. Other spaces appear to be good on paper, but is that how they will transform?
23. I like that it is child focused and creating congruency between our values and the learning environment e.g.
    open learning, athletic and creative spaces – covered outside play area – childcare and sustainability.
24. I like the learning spaces that enhance possibilities for collaborative learning. At space proposed hinges on
    a re-haul of teaching positions. This is unlikely. Indoor play space currently is great d/t basement. Not clear
    on proposed square footage of space.
25. N/A
26. Activity spaces and sustainability are very important to me.
27. I like the community aspects that connects town and gown…
28. I like the ideas and concepts – I’m worried about the details once the design is proposed.
29. I like all the aspects shown of the 21st Century learning and School Design.
30. N/A
31. I like the library and outside on the 6th poster
32. I like the extended flexibility of the proposed spaces
33. More space for all
34. N/A
35. .
36. N/A
37. I like that there is going to be a bigger gym but don’t like that there will be no music room, small no lunch
38. I would like to have a swimming pool. And we also should have tons of classrooms and have rotations
    through the classes. Ex. High school. I think a change would be good. Also I would like the school to be
39. Need big gym and playground. Needs a chicken pen.
40. A bigger gym for assemblies. Maybe a swimming pool. A big playground.
41. Need social spaces, needs bigger gym. No baby playgrounds, needs skate board area.
42. Good large gym
43. Needs bigger gym and almost the same design, more swings.
44. Like the idea of media space
45. Maybe bigger gym! More social spaces, better earthquake thingy
46. N/A
47. N/A
48. Dance center, bigger gym, funner playground
49. Needs big gym and cleaner bathrooms and music and lunch room that need to be as big as the lunch room.
    Big playground with slide.
50. I like the light (natural) high ceilings and feel of spaciousness. The sustainability ideas are great, rainwater
    collection, less off-gassing by using bio-friendly products/supplies.
51. Pick up, drop-off parents. Huge herb or vegetable garden to incorporate in school lunch room.
52. Social spaces, area relationships
53. All of the ideas are interesting – can they be successfully facilitated? I like that the learning spaces promote
    and more holistic sense of learning and hopefully teaching so current teaching practices fit into these
    spaces/proposed concepts?
54. Learning spaces, sustainability
55. Seismic upgrading, lifelong learning
56. N/A
57. N/A
58. I think they are all good
59. I like arts and Medici social spaces, activity spaces and I don’t like learning places and area relationships.
    Bigger gym!
60.   N/A
61.   N/A
62.   Huh?
63.   N/A
64.   Bigger gym
65.   N/A
66.   Sustainability, indoor/outdoor spaces
67.   Sustainability initiatives, area relationships, natural light, improved arts and media. Green roof would be
      fabulous too!
68.   Social space, activity space, cover space, green space, community play space, indoor pool.
69.   N/A
70.   Creating a building that is designed for eco sustainability. Better use of space for learning.
71.   N/A
72.   I don’t feel the designs meet the NCLD’s vision of sustainability. They are also lacking space.
73.   There is very little that is innovative about what is presented. I do really like the quiet relaxation spaces and
      the high wood ceiling.
74.   Nice use spaces, interior actively and gathering spaces, flexible spaces, school should be able to be used
      by community. Cover outdoor spaces, like the bell hockey space.
75.   Like: Social spaces, learning spaces, area relationships, sustainability, full use by
      children/elderly/community of the space
76.   N/A
77.   What is there to argue with surely it comes down to cost.
78.   More use from school space. Non-profit rental space great. Stage that could be used for music, theatre.
79.   Early learning, child care programs, community uses (like the former Bayview Community School in the
      1980s/90s). Non-profit groups can rent rooms, special events, a proper gym and stage for sports and
      music/art programs, the Gordon Band, etc.
80.   I like the covered playground and gym space that has a stage. Wide hallways, natural light, large entry way
      for gatherings are important.
81.   Great concepts! As long as it provides adequate indoor play area(s) and undercover outdoor area(s) (for
      lunch times) for the mostly rainy Vancouver climate! Also adequate lunch room space and after-care areas
      (JKC). Kids currently play in the basement on rainy days.
82.   There are many aspects of the images that I find appealing; however the aspects I liked were not
      necessarily adequately captured in the text. Therefore I had the sense that many of the images shown may
      ultimately lack substance. For example would it be realistic to hope for glazing as is shown on the Chugach,
      Galilee Catholic or J Lyndall Hughes photographs? I don’t recall any images showing reuse or retention of
      existing structures. In order to evaluate the 3 options discussed below in an unbiased way, there should
      have been examples of renovated/reused schools. It would have been instructive to see images of past
      schools by the architect selected by the VSB so that the parents could have some understanding of what to
      expect. I like the outdoor learning as it will provide the collateral benefit of covering play area.There should
      be porosity between general circulation and multipurpose or gym spaces where possible. This would help to
      activate spaces and allow spillover for big events. It may also allow balcony-type situations with dynamic
      overlooks. Civic presence: schools are central institutions in our communities. They need to project solidity
      and lasting values. The most demonstrable way of conveying this would be to respect the existing building
      and renovate it in whole or in part. Is there a specific target for sustainability? Will the resultant building be
      LEED-certified? I would think that the most sustainable option would be to renovate the existing school. The
      New Building option shown on the Site Analysis & Concept boards shows west and east exposure for
      classrooms. This is in contrary to daylighting principles of LEED. To mitigate would require significant
      shielding with vertical fins.
83.   Arts and media, shared spaces, covered play areas are great idea. Sustainability board far to vague. Is
      school to be certified LEED Gold? What is the projected ‘long-life’ Dickens was 25!!! Is there sufficient space
      for JKC to fulfill its current mandate. Licensing process is completely for JKC.
84. *I like involving community and give time to allow broad ideas
85. *Spaces for fine arts – music, art, and sustainability is great – as school where students can learn about
    how the building works.
86. *I really like the informal social spaces, breakout spaces and the cool outdoor covered play areas.
87. *I really like the spaces you show in the photographs (covered outdoor/ large corridors/open entrance ways/
    large social (study areas). I think these are really important and should be included in project. The photos
    give the impression that they will be, but I don’t see on design scheme, so this is misleading to parents.
    General Gordon already has many of these spaces so a renovation would be suitable if new school could
    not provide.
88. *Sustainability – I like the concepts of natural light, geothermal heat, lean air, low VOC, and buildings that
    are meant to last. Use existing structures where possible. Spaces should be flexible and easily transitioned,
    from one purpose to another. Many good ideas presented in your 21st Century Learning and School Design
    but make sure spaces are practical. E.g. should be able to darken rooms to show films. Too much glass into
    interior spaces is distracting for kids.
89. N/A
90. The survey of potential partners is useful to establish a minimal baseline of area needs. The school,
    however, should not be designed strictly to facilitate these particular needs, but have built-in flexible spaces
    with an ability to adapt to many different uses, as these needs may change over time. The fact that the
    Design Space in any concept, and in the proposed program, is being drastically reduced, lessens any
    concept’s ability to provide these spaces.
91. Want to see gym. Maintaining green space and outdoor activity areas. Sustainability – retain and renovate
    existing – do not add additional material to landfill.
92. Designated art and music rooms, indoor activity/play areas are not new concepts to me. My elementary
    school (1960–67) in St. Lambert, Québec had all of these spaces, including a large, working cafeteria,
    complete Home Economics and Woodworking rooms. We did not have outdoor covered play area but here
    in rainy B.C. we absolutely need this for all schools. Initially, space for after-school care was not allowed for
    in the seismic upgrading program. While this has been recovered for General Gordon and the two others in
    this NCLD pilot program — it must be provided for in all elementary schools. Open, flexible spaces are
    necessary as are storage areas. All school gyms need storage and change rooms and a stage (for
    performances and assemblies).
93. Sustainable school with natural light, non toxic materials, access to outside. Large entrance social space,
    wide hallways for multiple uses, childcare. Community reaching reading room in library, covered play area
    outside, gym with reading on sides for community events and school arts programs.
94. N/A
95. “21st Century Learning”, like any century learning, requires generous and flexible space. General Gordon
    has provided flexible space for a century of different uses and learning priorities. The new, or revitalized,
    building must offer the same flexible space.
96. Sustainability and retention of the heritage part of the building would be at the top of my list, from an
    environmental, community, and educational perspective. I think the destruction of a school that has stood for
    nearly 100 years would be a very foolish move. In my view, it would be a wrong-headed decision in terms of
    what would end up in the landfill, what it would cost in environmental terms to replace it, the loss of cultural
    and architectural continuity in the community, and the message it would give to students in terms of what it
    is important in our modern society and in our community. From the discussions I’ve been in with parents and
    teachers, and my own experience of the school over the past 60 years, I think the social gathering places
    are very important, including wide hallways and staircases, covered play space, lunch room, basement play
    areas, multi-purpose room, etc. Contrary to the message being passed on at the Open House from VSB
    staff, there is not “wasted” or “inefficient space” at General Gordon. For example, the wide hallways are
     well-used as social gathering spaces and in my day as a student there (and I expect that is still the case)
     were well-used as classroom display space.
97. 21st century school design, to me, means a school that will last for another 100 years, the way General
     Gordon has done so far. I think that the flexible space and spaciousness of General Gordon must be
     retained in any new or renovated building. I think the social spaces at General Gordon such as the wide
     hallways and generous main entrance and lobby are crucial components in establishing a “community feel”
     to the school.
98. No comment - I have not been part of the ongoing discussion to date.
99. I really like the idea of opening up the school to the community. I also like the modifications which make
     different teaching/learning experiences possible. I am very concerned about cost and that these
     experiments are shared across the city.
100. My concern is it all sounds too good to be true. This is supposed to be a pilot at three schools that will be
     too expensive to be replicated elsewhere in the VSB. Focusing on building LEED and then building a
     parking lot for the staff is crazy – likely emissions from the car will far exceed those from the buildings.
101. I support joint use of school facilities with community activates – the only issue is parking – perhaps a joint
     use hard surface play area could double as a parking area after school hours.
102. Broadly, I like all of the principles. Regardless the school grands, it’s important to maintain the existing
     balance of built features with natural features (grass, trees, gardens). Regardless of the aesthetics, the
     design should preserve the valuable heritage features and building – specifically, the frontage and sides.
103. It all looks great.
104. They all look great. But how to choose – they cannot all fit in the proposed space. I hope there is a list of
     priorities for parents, staff and teachers to rank for this next step.
105. N/A
106. I don’t like the fact that it is intended to only last 20-30 years. Not great environmentally. I do like the design,
     but not location.
107. In our school, children do group projects and are given opportunity to work in separate areas if it works for
     them. I like the images of non classroom quiet working and learning spaces. I also like the large social
     gathering spaces. Our school has that now in the large, wide entry halls. That needs to remain part of the
     school. Sustainability is also important.
108. Library with community reading room, gym with stage, covered outdoor play area, cafeteria, gathering areas
     such as entry and wide halls.
109. I like the idea about revival of the school as a model of sustainable development, including energy
     conscious, preserving the school building as “embodied energy” as an existing building, with energy efficient
110. I do not see the difference between 21st century good teaching practices and 20th century good teaching
     practices. See my attached letter regarding usable space in old school buildings verus usable space in new
     buildings. I have taught in both.
111. This is just some meaningless buzzword: “21st century learning”. All of those “spaces” existed in the 20th
     century (ie. The existing school building) but could use some freshening up.
112. With all respect, if one looks closely at the boards illustrating “newer ways of conceptualizing learning
     spaces” the most substantial difference between the photos and current GG building space possibilities is
     the furniture!! The space, like the existing GG, are square rooms with windows, but the 21st century spaces
     have funky furniture, bright colours and seating arranged in groups. The text calls for “soft surfaces” and
     “quiet study areas” great ideas all! But please don’t suggest that 21st century learning new furniture, bring
     colours can’t be realized in the existing building which also has square rooms and natural lighting.
   113. I liked the panels that talked about innovative construction techniques for environmental gaining. I didn’t see
        enough of that in the space. The same for the multipurpose areas and covered play areas – nice picture, but
        they seemed missing from the phases.
   114. Learning spaces –like. Sustainability –like. Social space –like.
   115. It’s all good, but lots not got too hung up on concepts/specifics – 100 years from now we will be different.
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2. Several potential partner agencies are proposed for the General Gordon Neighbourhood Centres of
Learning and Development. Does the mix of partners meet your expectations based on the Vision for the
NCLD project (as referenced on the Potential NCLD Partner Agencies board)?

   1. Yes, but again – let’s be candid about how much money they can provide. I’d be thrilled for my child to be in
       a school with so many partners and agencies doing things in her school. It would/could be a real learning
   2. N/A
   3. Good Selection. Education mix will be varied and enriched. There should be some resistance to using the
       facilities as government offices not related to school. Healthcare? Immigrant settlements?
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   7. No, the list includes only existing interest from formal agencies. The community is a lot more than this! The
       community access and use will require considerable flexible space for yet unforeseen uses.
   8. The list of potential partners is not concrete or realistic almost none have resources to commit. Make a few
       concrete partnerships to allow designs to gel. Beyond JKC, which partners are real? None?
   9. What is the NCLD project
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   13. Looks ok
   14. Sure. But I’m concerned about partner agencies in the future. How would those be organized and by whom
       and to what degree?
   15. Childcare critical.
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   18. Glitzy!
   19. Westcoast childcare is a great resource for parent that I think would benefit the school. A ECE daycare
       would be very convenient for siblings. I would like to see Strong start at our school. After school care is a
       must for many parents. Kitsilano neighbourhood House offers much support to families and would be
       beneficial for teaching kids cooking. Vancouver Coastal Health could provide health programs and talks to
       parents and vaccinations.
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   21. Seems fine as long as we stay with the current interested agencies. If we add on more there might be space
22. Partner agencies seem well suited, as long as the long-term vision remains the same and there is no conflict
    of interests using the space and facilities. Who will manage (support) the agencies?
23. Yes if the school is the one setting policies keeping it child focused.
24. If we are limited to the 18 %, I am concerned about further draws on usage in our space.
25. N/A
26. Yes – great to involve as many of them as possible. In favour of expanding community access in all areas
27. The more agencies the better. The school will serve as a hub and integrator only if it is active and used.
28. Agree with concept of neighbourhood participation, but not equal to the primary function as school. Staff
    who need to spend most time in building should be given primary consideration.
29. N/A
30. N/A
31. Jericho Kids Club, Art Starts, Langara College and more sports
32. Yes
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38. Yes it does
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40. Yes it does.
41. Yes it does.
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50. I thought there would be more agencies interested and involved in the process. Expressed interest? When
    would there be a clear commitment from these agencies?
51. Microwaves to heat up lunches or soups for older grades. Make it affordable and safe. Better daycare
52. N/A
53. A mix of partners keeps things honest! Will it slow the process? I don’t know that I have expectations yet...
54. N/A
55. Yes. Excellent
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58. Yes
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66. No comment.
67. Partner agencies associated with arts and learning (eg. Music/performing etc.) that complement student
    programs would be ideal – that would open after-school options to working parents that want their kids
    included in after school enrichment. Synergy!
68. Vancouver public library, Kitsilano daycare, arts umbrella, Westside family place. More sports, more space
    for school age children daycare and young children daycare (3-5).
69. N/A
70. Yes, but would the vision group to spend full days at school to really appreciate how students use space.
71. Yes
72. No
73. No, the number of agencies falls short of my expectations for what would be included. Given the demand for
    meeting space in Vancouver I would have thought the list would be much larger. In particular, the lack of
    interest from Parks and Rec. Is a major concern. Where are the interesting, creative groups similar to the
    arts umbrella?
74. Yes, I came a little late, no need to pull the panels down when people are still looking at them.
75. Yes.
76. What about space for showing and modelling compassion for other – a community kitchen in which
    kids/parents can prepare snacks (meals for people in need in our community).
77. Yes.
78. Yes.
79. Yes, Jericho Kids club/afterschool care is essential for working parents. Covered outdoor plays serve
    multiple functions. VPL, Coastal Health, Kits Neighbourhood house, Park board.
80. I support partnering with other agencies to make the school a community resource.
81. N/A
82. I’m glad to see that the Jericho Kids Club is part of the process. I’m most excited about the Park Board’s
    involvement. They have been responsible for some very inspired buildings in the last few years, and
    hopefully will give a boost to the current level of school architecture in Vancouver. Involvement of the Park
    Board might allow for use of facilities such as McBride Park for location of any portables required by the
    Renovation or Partial Renovation options.
83. Not enough partners, where is community centre, parks and recreation. Does not look different than any
    other school. Look at Seattle or Toronto as examples.
84. *N/A
85. * All except for the daycares other than JKC
86. *The partners look good
87. *Some members of list I think would not work, in terms of suitability and safety. Members should be
    education focused as much as possible e (e.g. preschool/daycare/ afterschool care) and child –focused
    (e.g. scouts, guides, karate etc.) A senior’s day program I think would be really suitable and would allow for
    inter generational mix.
88. *The project should accommodate the full-demonstrated demand for before and after school care rather
    than limit it to less than current demand. I think the mix of partners is good but the consultation should be
    open and meaningful.
89. N/A
90. I actually like all the concepts. I don’t think most of them are particularly new, and my main concern with
    most of them is we will be hard pressed to be able to provide for all of them adequately in a smaller school.
    Arts and Media: talks about ‘adequate storage, sinks, work & storage‘, which are typically included in Design
    Space which is being drastically reduced in this program. Social spaces: talks about outdoor learning, but
    covered play space is not funded or included in the physical concept boards. Activity spaces: again, great
    images, a bit misleading because the program doesn’t allow enough space to include all these things. Area
     relationships: at the least confusing and misleading in its representation of relative space sizes; the size of
     the Flexible gathering space is compromised by the secondary diagram of area analysis which shows the
     drastic reduction in Design Space that is proposed, and which will not allow for enough area to include a
     meaningful ‘Flexible Gathering’. Sustainability: what exactly does ‘reuse/refurbish existing materials’ mean?
     Confusing. The most sustainable action would be to renew the existing building, and that isn’t mentioned.
91. Yes.
92. Yes, a mix of partners is a great idea but should not be limited to the ones on list (whether presently
     involved or expressing interest) nor should school’s redesign be limited by those on board.
93. Mixture of partners from the community to bring the community into the school and the studio and out into
     the community. Possible partners are: Vancouver, Parks Board, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, Kits
     Community Centre, St. James Community Square, Jericho Kids Club, Arts Umbrella.
94. N/A
95. I support the NCLD mix of partners, as long as the needs and priorities of the school come first.
96. Yes, it seems fine, although not terribly exciting. It doesn’t seem very different from those groups who
     already use it. I have a feeling that there may have been a more useful and creative way of engendering
     interest in use of the school by, for example, speaking with groups of staff people actually working in the
     local offices of agencies rather than “head office” folks. For example, a focus group with staff at Vancouver
     Public Library Kits Branch, I would wager, would have sparked considerable interest. The library, especially
     the computer banks, are chock-a-block every evening I am in there. I suspect that this will be a case of
     “build it and they will come”. This means that in order to realize an NCLD that truly is a neighbourhood hub
     in the way that NCLDs were originally inspired and envisioned, there needs to be flexible community-space
     incorporated into the design – space that could be used by the school and daycare community during
     school/daycare hours and that could be used by the community in after-hours, without compromising the
     core needs of teachers and students.
97. I support the NCLD concept as long as the elementary school’s needs are the first priority. The mix of
     partners that have expressed interest seems like a good combination of pre-existing partners and new ones
     that would contribute positively to the NCLD. I see the Jericho Kids' club program as a priority partner
     agency. It is crucial to have such a worthwhile and well-run program on site. We have used the Jericho kids
     Club after school care program for 2 years now and foresee using it for many years to come.
98. No comment - I have not been part of the ongoing discussion to date.
99. Yes.
100. Yes – I like the fact that Mosaic, Langara and Vancouver Coastal Health Care are interested – they are
     three agencies that represent the kind of diversity of partners that could make a NCLD design work.
101. N/A
102. Seems okay.
103. Yes.
104. Yes, we need JKC, a full day-daycare is also badly needed.
105. N/A
106. Yes.
107. The mix of partners is fine. However, if other schools are getting similar space and are not expected to
     house partners, I am concerned that not enough space has been allowed for their uses. If this is o, there will
     be an impact to learning spaces and that is not acceptable.
108. Yes, a mix of partners is a good idea.
109. I like the idea of Kits community organizations buying Neighbourhood partners, especially strong Kits
     community supporters like the Neighbourhood house and kids club.
110. Schools need to be used for as many hours as possible and they must include the community – libraries,
     community meetings, healthcare, dental care, job training, adult literacy.
    111. I support the idea of mixed uses of the school building outside of school hours. But question is very
    112. I support the idea the NCLD potential partners.
    113. I was disappointed not to see more commitment from other agencies like the Parks Board.
    114. Keep JKC is essential and ideally allow it to expand to take more children. An incorporation of daycare for
         younger children 3-5 years old. Our community has a shortage of young daycare space. More afterschool
    115. Fantastic – the school should be open 24/7. This could be a great community hub.
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3. The General Gordon Space Analysis & NCLD Program enhancements are defined. How well do the spaces,
programs and areas allocated to them deliver the school and NCLD vision?
    1. The allocations are just ‘concepts.’ How could one know if these theoretical allocations will fit in the schools?
        Are the classrooms going to be smaller? This would be bad. Will teachers have adequate storage for their
        teaching materials? This is extremely important. A stage is very important but it was explained as possibly
        attached to the gym with a movable wall for concerts and possibly attached to the multipurpose room. The
        concepts for a multipurpose room don’t show a large enough space for a whole school concert. I’d like to be
        able to see both my primary student & my intermediate with a student concept without being to recent so
        other parents can see them.
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    3. Seem to be well thought out. Green space outdoors seem reduced. Gym is great – track would be good.
        Climbing gym is not that close a match. Remember it is a school
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    5. Gym should remain a full size gym - is ours full size? I’m concerned by the overall reduction in size.
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    7. They are limited in vision and include many outdated concepts, such as car parks! The vision in 1912 when
        the space we have was created was much more advanced ad surprisingly robust to 100 years of changing
        student and community needs. It is just a shame they didn’t envisage earthquakes.
    8. It is unclear what classroom sizes will be. This issue killed the last design effort. How will space be used?
        Dickens failed due to poor hallway space – is this flaw fixed by adding multipurpose rooms?
    9. Absolutely?
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    13. Again much of the effectiveness of this area allocation depends on shared/multipurpose space but to best
        use them, the total destruction of the existing heritage (?) structure is necessary. If more space could be
        allocated for the necessity of preserving this valuable community building then the program could continue
        to function. We’d have more space, which may be perceived as unfair, but the exception would be for
        preserving the building as much as possible.
    14. Pretty well. I think things should be flexible for the future I’m not comfortable defining what the school would
        look like in 100 years based on our needs now. Something flexible and open would be best in my
        perspective. So that for example, a music room may be important to Gordon now but in the future, art might
        be the future.
15.   Space is critical. Heritage value of existing space is very important.
16.   N/A
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18.   N/A
19.   An outdoor covered play space is much needed. The children currently have to play inside on rainy days. A
      bigger music room would be fantastic. More greenery is always aesthetically pleasing and wonderful for kids
      to help upkeep. A bigger community kitchen for the after school care, school/ community events and
      cooking classes would be great.
20.   N/A
21.   It seems good, so long as the space for the school is adequate. Storage may still be an issue. If we have all
      the storage in classrooms, teaching space is reduced.
22.   Some space allocation appears to be unclear (undefined) and is also being used in conjunction with other
      spaces i.e. library and computer lab.
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24.   Looks better than I expected.
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26.   N/A
27.   Of course, more space and flexibility is the best. The concept appears well conceived, but the real debate
      will happen when some concrete plans/drawings are available. It would be useful to see examples or case
      studies from other schools in Canada, US or Europe.
28.   They seem to conform, but that will depend on actual design and proposed finished structure.
29.   Looks fine.
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32.   Very good
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38.   I don’t know
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50.   From the 21st century Design model – looks great. Love the outdoor learning spaces, library, music room,
      stage and big gym. How high are the ceilings?
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52.   Complete renovation including demolition of existing structure of school is not called for at all!
53.   ?
54.   Better boys bathrooms needed, soccer field, indoor activity areas needed.
55.   N/A
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58.   They are good
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67.   They deliver the vision as much as can be expected without a design in place.
68.   I was confused by the presentation.
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70.   Appear to meet vision if replacement of building occurs.
71.   To answer this question you need a public meeting with a presenter fully explaining the NCLD vision versus
      space, etc.
72.   They are lacking in terms of space and areas.
73.   They are largely independent. Are we supposed to be excited about a 3% increase in area when any other
      school in BC is currently?! What a waste of time. There is nothing about the program that is substantially
      different than a normal school.
74.   How can the space under new formula be half of the existing? What are the real are numbers? Does the
      difference represent 500m squared? The difference between existing and new program area. Staff should
      be better informed and able to answer questions.
75.   From what I can tell, they seem to deliver everything required.
76.   N/A
77.   Common sense suggests all of the best possible educational outcomes be obtained with the space
      available. Good practice will dictate this, since we are not reinventing ant of the needs of an elementary
      school child.
78.   Covered outdoor areas needed in Van climate. More space for JKC, Stage needed for the theatre and
79.   More space is required for before/after school care (JKC). Covered outdoor play/multi-purpose. Stage for
      theatre and music programs. Sports field – maintain current size, no expansion. Library/community reading
      room/environmental curriculum.
80.   It’s important to provide high quality spaces. And to respect and retain the butterfly garden and mature
      trees. The sports field is used intensively and needs to be retained in its current size.
81.   N/A
82.   The area comparisons between what General Gordon has versus what the VSB is programming did not
      include basement or circulation space. This is significant space in General Gordon and the omission skewed
      or obfuscated what the VSB plans to deliver. It would have been very beneficial to see hard numbers for the
      areas. If program enhancements are defined, the areas should be available. Compare those numbers to the
      three floors in the existing building. The full benefit to the community didn’t appear to be captured. Program
      use should have mentioned weekend use of the covered play areas by local children and adults. Program
      should have mentioned use of covered areas during special school functions like the outdoor spring event.
      Programming could include tutoring. There are quite a number of individuals and institutions providing after-
      hours tutoring. Could the VSB pursue and capture some of this market by actively making space available
      for rental?
83. The sizes (areas) are not sufficient to meet the NCLD vision. The school is small, only ¾ the size of the
    existing school so how would it meet the increased users proposed in the NCLD. The Amount of space
    proposed does not provide enough flexible break or space or unprogrammed space as desired by the
    NCLD. Where is the area for covered play area?
84. *It is important that no space gets lost. School needs to stay same size (or bigger). Outside covered
    playground is crucial since Vancouver is very cold and wet throughout the winter. Storage room needs to be
    sufficient to allow optimal learning with lots of tools.
85. *Need larger area for JKC. Larger area for music, library spaces for rainy day games.
86. *It doesn’t seem like there’ enough space for the 21st Century stuff – we really need lobbies and corridors for
    informal interaction and I don’t think the computer room should be combined with library – it should be a
    separate space.
87. *This is confusing question, as visual displays do not represent actual space for a new school. If there is
    adequate space and same size as existing) then NCLD would be great for community. NCLD vision cannot
    exist without the correct space.
88. * I would like to see more covered areas and spaces like the current basement area for kids to play out of
    the rain make sure the gym and multiuse spaces are big enough to be useful to the community outside of
    school hours.
89. N/A
90. The initial program for General Gordon, as presented at an earlier Open House, called for a school which
    was 2/3 the size of what we have now. And what we have now includes an undersized Gym and other
    inadequacies. So it surprises me that what is being presented is being labeled as ‘top-up space’ and
    ‘additional space’ when it all still adds up to less than what we have at present. If the intent of the NCLD is to
    add functions and their attendant space needs on to the existing school, those additions need additional
    space, not less.
91. Gym should include a stage and provision for theatrical events. Should have music rooms and child care
92. N/A
93. Again, funding for arts programs needs to be sustained and the spaces updated in the school for their
    programs to flourish.
94. N/A
95. It will be impossible to deliver the “21st Century Learning” in a space smaller and less flexible than the space
    already in existence. The loss of the basement square footage and the lunchroom square footage will result
    in a LOSS of current functional space.
96. See above under #1. I find some of the specifics difficult to comment on as so much is hypothetical, given
    that we don’t know which design option will be selected and we don’t know how much space will be
    allocated. It seems clear that a hybrid design model that keeps the oldest parts of the building (ie the main
    building including the basement) and adds a new gym etc. would provide the most space and therefore the
    most flexibility regarding space allocations. One thing we know for sure is that we need as much or more
    daycare space as now exists, and the new space allocations apparently do not provide that. Finally, we do
    not need off-street parking for staff. First of all there is ample street parking during school hours and always
    has been. And secondly, and very importantly, if we are concerned about sustainability, we should be
    encouraging staff to use public transport (and to work as locally as possible). There is excellent public
    transport in the General Gordon area, including express busses along both Broadway and 4th, and planned
    enhancements of public transport along Broadway in the future. To be encouraging car use and taking up
    valuable outdoor space for parking makes no sense in today’s world.
97. The 21st century designs are attractive, however I am concerned that it will be extremely difficult to deliver
    on all those concepts in a space that is smaller and less flexible than the current school. I understand that
    the basement sq. footage and the current lunchroom sq. footage would not be maintained in a new building
     and I think that would be a mistake. These locations provide much needed space for children to hang out,
     eat lunch and interact with each other in a civilised manner without being crowded on top of each other.
     Moreover, the JKC program uses these spaces for its program requirements. Anyone who has been there
     can see that the current space is fully utilized. To pen the children up in less space will mean more social
98. No comment - I have not been part of the ongoing discussion to date.
99. I’m concerned that we will lose informal meeting space. Adding parking is a bad idea.
100. Without an actual blueprint I find it hard to fathom how the space analysis was determined. The large
     hallways are for me the space that fills with kid energy at the beginning and end of school and have been a
     welcoming area for parents. Will be lose that venue for us to meet and chat? I am leaning toward for more
     explicit designs. And where’s the JKC space? This is an expensive neighbourhood where most families
     have to have working parents. JKC space is not optional.
101. N/A
102. Seems okay
103. N/A
104. Still not enough space – I worry about loss of storage and hallways – hear in other new schools they have to
     stack chairs in the hallways for lack of space. YET, we can’t lose JKC space. Did we not get millions of
     dollars to make space for everything – make the building a community hub?
105. N/A
106. N/A
107. There is clearly not enough space available to match what has been presented as the needs of the 21st
     century learner. The lack of ‘design’ space means social and break-out or quiet learning spaces will not be
     possible. This is inconsistent with 21st century learning and with my vision for the future needs of the school.
     Also, there will be significant storage problems according to the charts. There will be no place for the
     popcorn machine.
108. Generous areas for most of the elements noted in question 2 can be addressed in the existing building.
     Further space could be developed with additions on the present site.
109. The gym must have a stage for performance and community events. A covered outdoor play area could be
     used for a variety of activities. Childcare space, flexibility has to be priority.
110. See attached. My concern is that the proposed space for the new school is not adequate. The loss of
     design/circulation space compromises flexible teaching leaving insufficient breakout space for speech and
     language consultants and audiologists, visiting specialists for children who have been identified through the
     screening process as well as all the flexible teaching arrangements that every good teacher uses.
111. Am not sufficiently familiar with the NCLD program enhancements to comment, but it appears that we are
     actually losing valuable space that is currently being used.
112. The current building has been adapting for almost 100 years. Certainly the seismic process present an
     opportunity to develop new spaces within but it hardly warrants demolition.
113. I’m quite concerned by the decrease in “design space”. I’m concerned that outdoor covered play areas
     aren’t addressed by the plan.
114. Not well allocated. Not enough space with the new school and hybrid school. General Gordon within the
     NCLD needs more space not less.
115. Sure the present school is somewhat symbolic but lunchroom space is very flexible and useful.
116. N/A
4. Please provide your feedback about the General Gordon Site Analysis & Concepts (Renovation, Partial
Replacement or Full Replacement). What do you like or dislike?
    1    I like keeping the old building with replacement of the gym. If one is honest about the costs and
          environmental damage I don’t see how it is excessively more expensive. Teachers need parking but not
          at that cost. Children in BC need covered play areas – it does rain here. All options need to include this.
          JKC space is not adequate now. We the opportunity to create space to accommodate even the kids on
          waitlist. Childcare is important with more parents working.
    2 My main concerns that we continue to provide care while and after construction begins, I love my job and
          don’t want it compromised (JKC). A lot of families rely on our services and it would e wonderful to lessen
          in not eliminate the waiting list we have. Green space? How will that translate while demolition and
          building happens.
    3 N/A
    4 Like renovation. Retention – dislike any other option because of diminished space and diminished heritage
    5 It’s quite hard to decide which concept is ideal – whenever I commented on something, the answer was – it
          can be changed – e.g. the full replacement school us crammed in the back corner, close to the
          neighbours gardens, and length-wise north-south – I was told it can be changed to West-East but garden
          would be lost. I don’t have an opinion as to which is best based on the confusing drawings displayed.
    6 N/A
    7 Renovation is the most appealing-it has the least car park- but why waste space on that? This is a
          community with a proud heritage and many historic buildings so to lose the heritage building we have
          would be a tragedy. The hybrid may work, but the east-west aspect is key to a light, bright space year
          round the heritage offers the most space of the options. Storage is important!
    8 Seems biased against heritage retention. Parking seems so small to cause more problems than none at all.
          Outdoor covered play is not defined. Will designs be too tall for neighbourhood? Seems like all 3 schools
          will get the same designs. Unclear if stage space will allow full school assemblies.
    9 N/A
    10 The presentation looks impressive – however feels misguided. I understand we are not getting all of this i.e.
          VOC so why display as part of the concepts?
    11 I feel that the beautiful boards may give the community a false idea of what the best product will be due to
          the tight budget restrictions more realistic photos of what to expect would have provided a more honest
          expectation. But if we do end up with those fabulous spaces…I’ll eat my words.
    12 I don’t understand why you would site the building along a N/S axis in the “new” option                 totally
          unsustainable also too close to neighbours. Why would you leave the “multipurpose room” as is in the
          gym upgrade rather than renovate and leave the original H of the old school and replace this whole
          backside with a new gym/multipurpose room/music room in the correct orientation for sustainability? None
          of the 3 options as shown make sense to me. Much more thought needed her to site sustainability.
    13 Well I would favour the renovation/ partial replacement options, which are essentially just different by
    14 As the school is a mish-mash of different eras, I’m not inclined to argue to keep it. Having a school site
          available while the new school is being constructed is a huge plus. I guess I’m in favour of full
          replacement. I think this would lead to more flexible spaces, as we wouldn’t be restricted by anything. A
          plan for outdoor space is required.
15 Would strongly agree with renovation of existing structure. Full replacement unlikely to maintain heritage
       value and space.
16 Keep the old school. So I guess I’m forced to vote for the upgrade with the new gym concept.
17 N/A
18 I would have preferred that the original community school concept had been retained and improved upon. It
       seems that we have a habit of losing valuable aspects of education and then reinventing them.
19 I want full replacement. Then the children can stay in their old school during construction. Portables are
       small and undesirable. I know I’ve been in one for a class! They are also costly. I think they are best
       avoided. With a new school I think the design process may be faster and less complicated and possibly
       construction faster. Also in a new school more of the floor pace is allocated to space available for the
       children vs. the old school where there is more space for the boiler room, etc. A new school is more space
       efficient. A possible solution I have heard to solve the problem of the children being on a noisy, dangerous
       construction zone is to relocate the children to a near site during construction then they will also have a
       play place. Just a thought! Out with the old in with the new!
20 I would like full replacement as an option because I want the safest option for seismic. I do like the fact that
       the children would not have their learning disrupted for the duration of the build. Childcare is very
       important to this school (JKC) The sooner the better. Lets get started
21 I hope for the option of total replacement. It is not possible to have a high quality teaching and learning
       environment while living with construction and being in portables. There are health concerns for teachers
       and students. Dust afterwards is also a concern – so health concerns do not end with the construction.
       Dust lives on, this is what happens unless there s a completely new building.
22 A renovation or partial replacement would be more disruptive to work in due to construction. Also it would
       have some limitation on the design of the building, as we would be working within set parameters. A full
       replacement would allow for more freedom in design and crating a NCLD school.
23 I like keeping the existing building and adding the gym. It is the most in line with our values of using space
       effectively and sustainability. Upgrade with a new gym please.
24 Given the current climate, full replacement looks like the safest/most feasible.
25 Larger/better place for the JKC program.
26 Not is favour of a brand new school – definitely support retaining existing building with windows that open,
       heritage building. Would like to see more environmental aspects included – geothermal etc.
27 The heritage structure is nice but not spectacular. Two would favour a well designed; distinctly west-coast
       style new building with the same enhanced facilities for community partners. I think the build should be
       fully sustainable and energy efficient – ground source heat, grey water recycling etc.
28 I like the idea of starting fresh. I’ve been through upgrades of the building in the last ten-year and the
       millions that have been poured into it. Starting fresh will allow new ideas and design. To promote heritage
       value would require redesigning the envelope to allow for original windows and entries. That would be too
       costly and restrictive.
29 I like the full replacement concept. Only two phases of construction. Not moving in and out of portables/ or in
       and our of different schools. Staff parking (which is actually in all 3 plans) Safer re: seismic upgrading.
       Shorter time to be completed. More consistency of design (aesthetic reason)
30 N/A
31 Full replacement concept
32 Prefer full replacement, less impact on students and families
33 Full replacement            I like this because it provides the least disruption for the students and teachers.
        Teachers and the students will be able to stay together. Less dust – health wise.
34 I would like a new school! Less disruption, likely the cheaper plan. One move (as opposed o moving to
        portable then to a renovated building) less dust (Trafalgar fiasco) – healthier.
35 I think it is critical to retain the existing building, for its space value, heritage value and most importantly for
        the issue of sustainability. I believe that the quality of materials used to build this school cannot be
        replaced. E.g. quality of first growth wood, gym floor etc. I believe that the current siting of the school is
        ideal and I believe that 21st century learning can be incorporated into the current building. I believe we
        need to keep the wide halls, generous staircases and ample storage areas. I also believe that the
        building of a new gym/ auditorium will facilitate more concerts, assemblies etc. as currently there is little
        space for parents and concerts have to be staggered to allow for 2 settings.
36 Do not want existing structure torn. Very wasteful – will reduce room available and destroy heritage.
37. N/A
38. I would like a brand new school
39. I like the nice kids.
40. I would like a brand new school.
41. I like the gravel field, I think the grass field should not have trees, I do not like supervision aids.
42. N/A
43. N/A
44. N/A
45. N/A
46. N/A
47. N/A
48. I would like more swings, and better bathrooms and a grass field.
49. N/A
50. Partial replacement concept
51. N/A
52. Original building should be renovated rather than demolished and reconstructed.
53. Well, on paper they all look good. Again, a concept can only go as far as how the finished product will be
    used. I’m all for multi-purpose buildings ie. School senior centre, theatre space. Can the “purposes” use the
    building together to further learning.
54. The original building should not be demolished! It has great potential and should be preserved! Building an
    entirely new building would be environmentally irresponsible.
55. I am very much in favour of the “full replacement concept”. I feel this will allow much less interruption of
    learning, far fewer safety issues with a new school being built and then after the demo of old school.
56. Get rid of the old school
57. N/A
58. Don’t like being in portables
59. N/A
60. N/A
61. N/A
62. I don’t want to live in portables.
63. N/A
64. N/A
65. N/A
66. Full replacement is the best option. Use portables on field if you decide to go with renovation or partial
67. I would like to have more information about timelines and construction options from the architects – eg.
    Some professional opinion/projections. That would clarify the options and impact which in turn might affect
    parent support.
68. Renovation – with a redesign of the existing school. Using LEED gold standard, complete renovation of the
69. N/A
70. Prefer full replacement – least impact on students and provides maximum opportunity for optimally designed
    space – with large play fields. BUT need covered outdoor areas and play equipment.
71. I think it doesn’t make sense to demolish the existing historical building to create a new smaller building.
    Help to retain our neighbourhood architecture by keeping (partially) the old school.
72. Would prefer a partial replacement.
73. Therese boards are inevitably frustrating!!! They are virtually the same boards that were presented 2 ½
    years ago. They were insufficient then and they are insufficient now! There is a clear bias toward new
    construction. Where is the analysis of adaptive reuse like that being used through the UBC Renew Program.
    The new option shown is laughable. These are terrible!!! The partial approach/redevelopment is clearly the
    best option but the way it is presented on the boards is so banal.
74. New school is located at the wrong location. Where would you place the school if the entire lot would be
    vacant. Think long term. Take the old school down and build a first class facility at the right place.
    Renovations – the cards are stacked with heritage people that go home to their gingerbread houses with
    granite counter and flat screen TV. Provide a 21st century school building for 21st century learning – we are
    not reading books printed in 1908 – renovation is the worst option.
75. My number 1 choice is renovation. My number 2 choice is partial replacement. I think staff parking is a
    luxury we can’t afford –surely staff should be primarily walking/biking or taking public transit. This space
    could then be allocated to a community garden or something to benefit both the community and kids.
76. N/A
77. See attached comments. With no reference to cost and thus viability, it seems a very paper based exercise.
    We all want the best school for the money spent, using a full and transparent way of calculating the real
    cost. Don’t destroy a wonderful building without very good reasoning.
78. The school should be renovated with a new larger gym added. School should also have room used for
    cafeteria. JKC. Renovation will be more sustainable and will result in a better building, space, lighting.
79. *It depends strictly on cost and product relation. The school needs to stay the same size. Outside covered
    playgrounds to be available. Time to finish the new school and safety for students during renos is important.
    A semi-renovated school is not an option if it means the students sit in dust for one year. If they get proper
    temporary classrooms renovating the old school is an option. A new school only 2/3 of size is not an option
    since space is crucial to allow proper teaching.
80. General Gordon is a historic school – home of Kitsilano Boys Band and alumni such as Norman Robertson
    and Stuart Keate. It should be renovated as much as possible to maintain its heritage value. The Vancouver
    Heritage Commission has recognized the heritage value in our city schools. The area around the school is a
    special character area and the school dates from the same era as the houses. It is important to children.
81. N/A
82. I prefer Partial Replacement. As stated above, the most demonstrable way of respecting the civic
    presence of schools in the community would be to renovate the existing building in whole or in part. The
    existing school has large openings for glazing and I would like to see these openings reopened and glazed.
    The existing school has a pleasant relationship to the street and the community as a whole. The existing
    school has generous interior spaces for classrooms and circulation. I don’t have confidence that this
    generosity of space would be carried forward in a Full Replacement option. The existing interior space of
    General Gordon has a nodal character that allows for informal gathering, such as at the main staircase. It’s
    at spaces such as these that a sense of school community develops. For Partial Replacement, it’s not clear
    why the entire school would need to be relocated to portable for the partial retention. The Renovation is very
      similar in that the new gym and multipurpose spaces could be built and occupied first, thus lessening
      dependency on portables. The New Building option shown on the Site Analysis & Concept boards shows
      west and east exposure for classrooms. This is in contrary to daylighting principles of LEED. To mitigate
      would require significant shielding with vertical fins. If the Full Replacement option was selected, and if the
      existing building were demolished, who would pay for a playing field to be built in the old footprint? Would
      this be provided by the VSB or would the PAC have to take care of this? (Sorry, perhaps the boards
      explained this. I don’t recall) I feel as though I’ve seen these three options before; that they haven’t been
      changed from previously presented versions. The message is that the VSB and the architect haven’t been
      listening or haven’t been responsive. At home, after the Open House, my spouse reported to me that the
      architect told her that the Renovation option was not viable and not really available as an option. Is this
83.   N/A
84.   The best design is partial replacement option but in general the boards are not very inviting and lacking in
      vision. The list of advantages/disadvantages is incomplete with only cursory information on the core values
      of heritage/sustainability. The location of the new school does not work on the site very well from an
      orientation perspective.
85.   *I would like a process with the least upset to staff and students. Need to have all staff and students
      together even if it is a partial or full replacement.
86.   *Please please work with the existing school – its lasted 100 years and just needs to be upgraded –
      throwing it out teaches our kids that new is always better – we teach them reuse, reduce recycle and I love
      the high ceilings and (potentially) big windows that open for fresh air – a new school would not have the
      same sense of grandeur and history.
87.   * I really like the existing structure and think it provides an invaluable heritage feeling to area. The brick
      structure on outside is a big addition to community, which I don’t think replacement school would provide. I
      would most like to see a Partial Replacement, as it would increase gym size and maintain original structure.
88.   * I prefer a renovation of the current school with new, larger gym. This uses existing materials, preserves
      Heritage and provides the space like wider hallways. Given the location of the school, close to transit,
      eliminate notion of onsite parking. Teachers should not be encouraged to drive to school. This space is
      better used for playing fields and green space or covered play areas.
89.   N/A
90.   General notes: Vancouver’s current government has recently stated its intention to become the Greenest
      City on earth. Good intentions. If we follow through on these intentions, parking at the school should not be
      an issue. We don’t have it now, and living closer to your place of employment and use of public transit will
      be themes of the future. Sustainability will be a watchword and guiding principle. It receives minimal
      attention in these documents. If global life cycle costing were included in this project, the Upgrade with New
      Gym concept would stand head and shoulders above all others as a no-brainer. The concepts seem to carry
      a predisposition favouring the Full Replacement Concept (FRC). This is shown in the construction phase
      boxes in the upper left corner, which are simple, yet not fully explained and confusing statements which
      make things sound more difficult and complex than they really are. The lists of advantages/disadvantages
      are also weighted toward the FRC. Specific: Upgrade with New Gym. First, nowhere is it mentioned or
      explained that if the existing 1911/1925 blocks were retained, that the interiors would need to be razed to
      facilitate seismic upgrading. Then they would be renewed and redesigned to create new spaces which
      would provide the rooms and areas required at this school. It would be essentially a new building inside the
      existing shell. Not complete enough comments on the sustainability advantages: lack of demo material in a
      landfill; retention of quality space with high-ceilinged natural daylighting; site orientation is positive; energy
      costs of producing materials for a new building, plus energy costs of delivery to site; Parking should be a
      non-issue. No playfield is really not a disadvantage, since it occurs in all concepts. Multi-phase construction
      is completely unexplained, and makes the process sound very complicated and difficult when it isn’t
    necessarily so. Disruption during construction is a reality for all concepts. Limited ability to adapt … Why?
    Seems pure BS semantics. Main floor not at grade: has this been a major problem in the past? Don’t think
    so. Partial Replacement: The old body with a new prosthetic. What happened to Main Level not at Grade,
    Multi-phase construction (2 is a multi!) in the disadvantages? Is this a bias…? Why does this concept
    include ‘retained playground areas’ in Advantages and the Upgrade does not? Parking is not an issue. If
    entire school needed to be located off-site, have we explored every possible option for a viable site? In
    talking to the VSB reps at the Open House, I don’t think they have explored all options yet. Since none of
    these options has been fully designed as yet, a statement like ‘optimum configuration of new learning &
    NCLD spaces compromised to accommodate existing building levels & arrangement’ is at the least
    obfuscation and at worst very misleading and false. Again, an incomplete treatment of sustainability
    arguments. Full Replacement: Wow! New boy on the Block! The accommodation of new configurations is
    possible with all concepts; not an advantage for this one only. I didn’t know the existing Boiler was such an
    Heirloom piece of machinery! Why an advantage here, when it is proposed to be used in all concepts?
    Seismic performance: all buildings, renewed or new, are built to the Seismic Code’s level for human safety;
    should be an understood non-issue, and no advantage. Sustainable design approach: no disadvantage here
    for the destruction of the existing building? Not a complete item statement. How does this concept ‘minimize
    operational environmental cost’ more than the other schemes? Overly long list of apparent advantages,
    several of which are not really advantages, that seems to be attempting to weigh the arguments toward
    favouring this concept. Extremely short list of disadvantages, which further favours this concept. Siting of
    this scheme is very poor. Disadvantages of its proximity to neighbours is not cited. Much smaller Hard Play
    Area, located with no overlook from the street. Necessitates removal of some major existing trees on north
    end of site. Additional cost of new infrastructure for a new building?
91. Definitely prefer renovation. This is the sustainable option. Any replacement buildings will not provide the
    same tall ceiling and wide hallways.
92. The schematic shows some areas decreased, i.e., kindergarten and design spaces. Well design spaces
    (corridors) seems to have been reduced by 50%. Let’s go block off half the existing width of the ‘design
    spaces’ to clearly illustrate just how tight it will be. No mention is made of proposed lowered ceiling heights.
    All those new big box houses going up on the Westside and in the suburbs have 10' ceilings — even in the
    basements — so why should schools be reduced to 8' ceilings. I also note that on partial replacement and
    full replacement diagrams, parking spaces are increased and wonder why that is necessary. One of my
    main concerns is that sustainability seems not to have been addressed; it has not been given the
    importance it must be given. Has everyone forgotten “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle” the catchphrase of the 90s?
    Have we forgotten the message of our grandparents who lived through the depression? Being wasteful was
    a sin and simply was not allowed. The Mayor proposes to make Vancouver the Greenest City by 2020. We
    had better stop tossing complete buildings (homes and schools) into the garbage NOW. Our landfills are
    filled to capacity and we have to explore new options. I read that incinerators might be the way to go but
    they are a source of pollution and what we need to do on all levels is stop producing so much waste and
    should be striving for the goal of ‘zero waste.’ Heritage value (architectural grandeur, aesthetics, sentiment,
    sense of history) aside, we must stop being wasteful. How better to re-introduce the principals of no waste,
    zero waste, than to restore and renovate what you already have. Retention of our schools which have stood
    for almost a century is the ONLY way to go. And by the way, I love old buildings; they are the first thing I am
    drawn to in any city I have visited. Our Heritage Commissions should have more voice so for me it is tied
    closely with my concern for sustainability. The third concept (full replacement) lists under advantages
    “sustainable design approach based on creation of new building envelope and systems to minimize
    operational environmental cost.” This statement makes no sense — it is vague, misleading and insults my
    intelligence. I was disappointed to see that there are virtually no disadvantages listed for the full
    replacement option — I could add a few. So it seems that the proposals, as presented, favour the demolition
    and complete new rebuild and I wonder if this was intentional. While retaining the existing heritage building I
    understand that the interior of the building would have to be altered significantly so in effect the inside would
    be quite an extensive renovation. But I don’t think this has been made clear — that in retaining the heritage
    exterior the interior can be modernized, reconfigured, and at the same time retain ceiling heights and light
      quality from the existing window openings. With the proposed new build (demolition of exisiting after
      completion of new) I notice that the school would occupy what is now the south outdoor play field and is
      much too close to the houses directly behind. The total square footage of each of the spaces (i.e.,
      classrooms, corridors, outdoor play areas, both covered and uncovered) has not been clearly indicated for
      all three concepts. So while three options are presented, it is somewhat confusing and very difficult to make
      a proper comparison. I am also a little concerned that there has not been a global policy adopted — that the
      neighbourhoods with more voice may be treated differently. I note that the parents involved at Lord
      Kitchener have been led to believe that demolition is the only safe alternative. But it is my understanding
      that whether a building is renovated to meet, or built to, the Seismic Safety Building Codes—it has the same
      degree of stability. The community garden is to be retained in all options. What about schools that do not
      presently have such green spaces — do they get one? More money in general must be allotted to education
      — whether in the quality of the buildings or the programs. We know that Charles Dickens School was rebuilt
      but that many of the proposed building materials were not used; that in fact, lower quality, less healthy
      (regarding off-gassing) materials were used because of, you guessed it — lower cost. We will most likely not
      have better schools by demolition and new builds. So, if I were to be voting on one of the three options, it
      would definitely be to retain existing heritage building while doing seismic upgrading
93.   My wife and I totally support renovation of the existing school. My wife is retired but taught for 35 years in
      heritage schools. She knows teachers who have been very disappointed in replacement schools. What are
      we telling our children of the next generation if we tear down this school and take it to the landfill. The school
      today has wide hallways, good light, good ventilation, natural ventilation.
94.   N/A
95.   It is unacceptable to reduce intensively-used square-footage, and yet claim that the school can meet the
      flexibility demanded by learning in the 21st Century. We have a child in JKC (Jericho Kids Club). This is an
      amazing program, not least because of the space which it is able to utilize. To lose that space, and likely,
      much of that program is just the first example of the losses incurred with the construction of less flexible
96.   I am strongly in favour of a hybrid model whereby the core oldest parts of the building are retained, leaving
      the front façade unchanged and building wonderful education-enhancing, community-friendly spaces behind
      it, including a beautiful, creative covered area which could not only shelter children’s play on rainy days but
      could house school/community events such as markets, festivals, etc. rain or shine. The advantages and
      disadvantages listed on the boards for each of the options were clearly biased in favour of a new school. I
      am hoping that this was inadvertent. Sustainability is a huge issue and was not adequately accounted for in
      the “advantages” and “disadvantages”. Nor was cultural continuity and the value of heritage retention as a
      teaching tool. Nor was the location of the school on the site, which from all accounts was optimally selected
      by the original planners and architects.
97.   I dislike the notion of building an entire new building and demolishing the current building because the
      current building is a beautiful edifice which has stood the test of time. Regardless of heritage status, it has a
      grace and solidity to it that new materials cannot replicate. It has generous hallways, stairwells and flexible
      space. Its classrooms have lots of daylight and high ceilings. Several classrooms are already interconnected
      and multipurpose. The proposed loss of design and circulation space in any new building is of major
      concern to me. I support the idea of a renovation of the current building because I think it is more in keeping
      with the character of this neighbourhood. A new house cannot be built here without it being in ‘heritage
      style’. Other schools in adjoining neighbourhoods are being renovated - Jules Quesnel for example. I think
      that where there is a will, there is a way. I think it can be possible to incorporate the NCLD programs into a
      renovated General Gordon building.
98.   More effort should be made to increase daycare space. Parking should not be prioritized – however,
      anything to encourage alternative transportation should be – ie. bike racks, parking spots for car pools and
      electric cars, etc. I find the options on offer a bit confusing...I favour a hybrid model which retains the original
      parts of the building as the core, as well as the original façade, and adds a educational and community
      space to the back of the building, and a sheltered space for children’s play, school events and community
99. Preferences: Renovation, partial replacement.
100.           I do not like the idea that play space gets lost in construction but I guess that has to happen. I like
    renovation and partial replacement best, but there are no associated costs, so I find it hard really to evaluate
    these options. I don’t believe we need to make parking lot – this should be a transit oriented school.
101.           My main concern as a near neighbor for 25 years is the use of hidden and covered play areas by
    rowdies at night – whether or not the school is renovated or replaced, please consider eliminating such
    hidden spaces, or design them as fenced, gated areas closed at night.
102.           I prefer the upgrade concept followed by the partial replacement concept. It’s impossible to
    evaluate the full replacement concept without seeing a full design of the exterior, since the heritage
    character in the existing building is very important in the this neighbourhood. That said, my primary
    concerns are the building should be safe and support a good education for my two children.
103.           My concern is for the children during the building process. Will they have access to a gym or a
    playing field? Years without a physical education would very detrimental in a number of ways. I support the
    new building as the least disruptive process.
104.           I am in strong favour of some kind of hybrid, that preserves the beauty of the old building (not
    shops it in half), where getting new facilities we need.
105.           I like renovation – partial replacement. My concerns: sustainability. How it is renovated and partially
    replaced. In this process, is there a sustainable conscious? What is good about the existing structure, ie.
    Historical value and the largeness of space. New is not better always.
106.           N/A
107.           I don’t think the discussion of sustainability was sufficiently complete. It did not include impacts of
    demolishing schools, adding to landfills, etc. I think that maintaining the current building, gutting it, and
    retrofitting for seismic safety and additional bathrooms makes the most sense. I think you have left out items
    from 21st century learning in thinking options. I would like more options for the location of children during
    renovation. The whole site will be a mess. Can they go somewhere else?
108.           I am convinced that renovation is the only reasonable option. The existing building is old but
    demolition is a terrible waste and not economically viable. Upgrading the old building preserves local
    heritage too.
109.           Renovation has to be the only option. A replacement or partial replacement school unit provide the
    same area as the existing school as provisional space standards are lower for new schools than what we
    already have in place. Demolition of the existing community heritage structure would be a most serious
110.           I want to retain the historic part of the school building and replace the gym and possibly the
    lunchroom. See attached regarding phasing of seismic upgrading.
111.           N/A
112.           Renovation is the option I like the most because of sustainability: by maintaining the existing
    structure and putting new interior spaces you have a lot of building materials going to the landfill (i.e.
    Existing structure) and you save by not having to purchase new building materials for the envelope. The
    advantages/disadvantages listed for each option are arbitrary and blatantly biased in favour of full
    replacement for which only 2 disadvantages are listed and in which the massive environmental impact of
    demolition is omitted. Sustainable practices do not just apply to new construction. The site analysis for
    retention lists as a disadvantage “limited ability to adapt existing school in new learning space concepts.”
    This is not true; on 21st century learning and school design boards item # 5 sustainability, VSB cit well today
    and can adapt to the future. The Existing Building has done exactly that for 97 years and with creative
    redesign, can continue to do so.
    113.         The three panels seemed very biased towards a full replacement. The schematics were to abstract
       to make useful comments. Children should not be on site in any case, whether renovation or construction. I
       didn’t see any evidence of ambitious or visionary design and planning.
    114.         Renovation. This allows us to keep the m2 and redesign the school to accommodate new
       programs and make it earthquake safe. This does not mean a patch job but a redesign and keeping the
       existing school. Presently the gym is not adequate for the school size.
    115.         N/A
    116.         N/A

Additional Comments
   1. Hallways need to be large enough. Your boards show hallways a meeting areas and learning area. This
        won’t happen if the halls aren’t big enough. When asked, “which option is the least expensive” the answer
        was “we don’t know yet” when we went through this process 2 years ago it was clear which was the
        cheapest. How has this changed? The board/ designs look remarkably similar. The school must be safe and
        adequate. The architect must understand this - spend time in the school and learn what is needed/desired
        not giving us what he wants. A new school is an opportunity to be creative and inspiring. Not same old same
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   4. Feel very strongly about retaining, while making safe, old Vancouver schools.
   5. Don’t waste space on staff car park! Don’t bend over backwards to keep the “community garden” Try and
        find an off-site alternative for portables for our children so they can plat. Light ventilation (natural) is very
   6. Rather than incur the costs of housing all children in portables. Serious thought should be given to utilizing
        empty classrooms in nearby schools. Hudson has something like 267 empty places (as per the VSB saying
        we should close some schools). If the late FI program was moved to another FI school (even in portables)
        and the rest of the school relocated to Hudson with a few portables we’d save money and teachers and
        students would be in safe and healthy environment, with playground.
   7. Whichever option is chosen, we need to preserve a high quality and safe educational environment –
        otherwise we have missed the point of the whole exercise! So education cannot continue with the
        renovation or rebuilding on site. The dust, disruption loss of play space, outdoor would cause 1-2 years of
        the current children’s education to suffer. The school will have to continue off the building site.
   8. Define the partnerships to allow good designs. Do not bias against heritage retention – seems to be the
        case. Be careful that classroom and hall space allow for the same feel of GG. The parent – staff interactions
        are dependent upon it. The architect is NOT inspiring! A great chance for a creative design is being wasted
        by locking into one firm. Let’s allow firms to propose basic designs and choose a firm by what looks best for
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   10. I’m specifically concerned with the lack of mention around after school care such as JKC space – you show
        “community” use space, but do not indicate after school programs.
   11. We depend on JKC for full time care of children before and after school. It is crucial that space is provided
        for childcare.
   12. The pictures generally are not very realistic or inspiring on the boards. One of the most important things
        needed in the New/repaired School is covered play space. Where is it?
13. Please come to a quick question which ever way you go. The safety of my children is y top priority. The risk
    analysis is severe in the worst-case scenario, and needs to be addressed with a quick resolution. A
    complete rebuild, in my mind actually extends the period of risk, as the children remain in the original
    building for two years more. An outdoor playground as unique I important. The old slide was a community-
    gathering place, a destination, if you will it should be replaced with something equally unique and defining.
14. I have concerns about splitting up the school. This is a very involved community- the student body, staff and
    parents. I’d like the decision-makers to be educators in terms of future issues – partner agencies, allocation
    of flexible spaces.
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16. Keep the old school! We need – this kind of heritage in our community – to not fill up our land fill with more
    building waste – we don’t need to cut down more trees to build new – you can never replace the buildings,
    the basement and all the nooks and crannies of high ceilings and big windows of this heritage school. Keep
    this building.
17. My key concerns are the daycare is intact – before and after school. As well as during the breaks. The
    community garden/green space is maintained.
18. Why do “we” have money for glitzy signs and presentations when there are significant cuts in the provincial
    education budget, particularly in maintenance and upgrading of schools
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23. Thank you for creating a community that is in the best interest of our children (our future) and the community
    as a whole. He you for your long-term vision.
24. Size will have to accommodate childcare before / after school facility. Expand use for community activities –
    gym – rental rooms – classes. Art class, space- can be rented out for even classes. Science room –
    properly equipped.
25. Full replacement. For the best upgrade and longest lasting. Magee high school is a great example/model.
26. Daycare/ JKC after school care s a high priority for us – options to increase number of spaces? Are there
    options for the school to be temporarily relocated during construction? Am concerned about the lack of
    outdoor space and construction zone during building.
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30. JKC is essential. Dedicated space for before and after school care would be the best. Outdoor covered play
    space. Safe non-crumbly building. No open concept classrooms
31. I’d like a larger gym and a larger grass field.
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35. I believe that children should be moved offsite due to construction disruption. It will be noisy, dusty and
    disruptive and the children could ideally be moved to Bay view elementary during the seismic upgrade or
    another site to ensure children’s safety and well-being.
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38.   Big playground!
39.   All said
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41.   All on sheet.
42.   Swimming pool should be cleaner, bigger bathrooms, more monkey bars.
43.   N/A
44.   It looks awesome. 21st century
45.   Yay, bigger gym
46.   Sandbox
47.   I think the school would be good in the gravel field. I think we should also have a stage in the new gym.
48.   N/A
49.   Great presentation!
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53.   As a parent my main concern at this point is how hampered my children’s learning is/will be with the existing
      structure. Anyway now hold appeal in that its an important regardless. My hope is that any new space be
      fully and creatively used by different groups simultaneously.
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55.   I am concerned with greater disruption to our children’s learning in addition to safety hazards with a “partial
      replacement” or renovation of the existing school. I feel strongly that the most efficient way to go is building
      an entirely new school, and only after it is complete, demo the existing “older” school.
56.   N/A
57.   My first concern is safety, starting with making a seismic upgrade happen. Secondly, I DO NOT want my
      children in a construction zone for any amount of time. The new or redesigned school should be a “healthy”
      place for learning. Light, air quality, space, spaces that are conducive to learning to name a few of the
      important qualities. Community use of the school seems like a great way to achieve these goals and also
      makes the school like the heart of the community.
58.   Better boys bathroom!
59.   Bigger gym! Better outside equipment!
60.   A way bigger gym
61.   You should have a bigger gym with better lights.
62.   Big gym.
63.   It looks cool because are school sucks. I want to see a new gym and it the gravel field should be gone and
      there should be turf and we need a new ping pong table.
64.   N/A
65.   Nicer washrooms, bigger gym.
66.   Should have a pick off/drop off location for students – might as well accept that people drive their kids to and
      fro and make it safer than the current situation.
67.   The issue of aftercare (JKC) during renovation/reconstruction has not been addressed. Licensing
      requirements around things like contiguous green space are very specific – if and when discussions are
      made on concepts, these requirements must be considered so JKC can stay open or can we get a special
      license for the construction period.
68.   To integrate more child services – all day daycare for younger children. More afterschool daycare space.
      Larger gym that fits all the students. School needs more space, not less.
69.   More handicap entrances, 2 elevators, bigger gym with bigger stage, bigger lunchroom, bigger basement
70.   How long will the build take? Can’t see adequate allocation to storage. How do various community groups
      manage their materials without impacting daily requirements of students? How will students’ security and
      privacy be managed? Who’s responsible for controlling use of spaces that are built? New mgt group?
71.   I am very concerned about parking during construction. I live on 7th Ave. – ½ block from the school and
      already have cars from Broadway parking all day. Accommodations need to be made during construction to
      ensure neighbours can park. Need permit parking on w. 7th and assurances that construction plans include
      on-site parking.
72.   I have concerns about the safety of the children during construction. Would like to see an option of having
      students schooled at a separate location during construction.
73.   While the ambitions of this program were laudable the end results leave much to be desired. Also of
      concern is the lack of creative energy put into where the kids go during construction. They are bound to
      switch schools under any of the proposed options. What about the Olympic Village. I also did not receive a
      suitable response to my question about ‘what decides which option is selected’. Finally, where are the
      covered playgrounds as seen on the image boards. They are not shown on any of the options despite the
      fact that we live in a rainforest.
74.   If you have to please heritage people that has nothing to do with the children’s learning. Leave the smallest
      wing (wing facing Bayswater) stand and build new as possible. What is the budget for the school? I applaud
      you for the vision, you are raising the expectations, make sure you deliver.
75.   *I am concerned about the phase during construction. I hope the project allows dust free and safe temporary
      classrooms without construction noises. If need be I am very OK with driving outside the neighbourhood to
      accommodate temporary leading away from the construction side. Sustainability aspects like low electricity
      costs, water costs and wants cash are important since the school is an example to learn from. Children get
      a message on how the grownups solve problems and work as a dream. A school that lasts only 25 years
      and automatically uses electric lights is a poor example for the young generations.
76.   *My vote would be for a new school
77.   *This school and this neighbourhood really value sustainability and so does the new City government. The
      greenest option is preserving what we already have – please don’t throw it in the landfill. I don’t want the
      kids on-site during construction – it will be noisy and dirty and dangerous and there will be nowhere for them
      to run around – please find somewhere else they could go.
78.   Thank you for the information provided at the Open House and the chance to give feedback. Given that cost
      is a key element, it seems extraordinary that this factor is not mentioned. The site concepts clearly have
      cost implications, so why not flag them and have this discussion now? Participation is more than just
      offering a chance to be involved: you have to make it accessible. Most parents know little about this process
      and have not been involved to-date. The way that the information was presented and the questions framed
      seemed to resume a great deal of knowledge, information and understanding. 21st century learning, NCLD
      are interesting buzz words/concepts but they really translate into easily understood ideas? If this process is
      for the many rather than the few, please think carefully about how you present the next phase. Why not call
      in a few average parents from each school to help shape the form and content of the next stage before it is
      presented? Your designs seem to assume that children will need to be taught on the building site (design
      states “no viable site available”). Surely other options could be found with some creativity, temporary
      structures elsewhere or empty space close-by?
79.   A new school is not best option for our children. I have toured some of the new schools. Rooms are smaller,
      lighting is not acceptable, hallways too narrow, no lockers.
80.   The children must understand the history of their community. They learn by seeing and experiencing. It’s not
      effective to have them read about a school that has been demolished. Demolishing General Gordon would
      be a terrible loss to the whole neighbourhood. At least keep the oldest parts of the school!
81.   I hope the temporary classrooms will be warm while the new school is being rebuilt or renovated. I’ve heard
      previous prefab units were very drafty.
82.   The boards didn’t appear to spell out when or if the design as it progresses might be available for public
      feedback. Will the Parent/Teacher/Community Representative Team be involved in the design phase? Will
      their say have impact? I heard many parents and staff expressing wishes for things that were either not part
      of this process or were unclearly explained. Comments included, “We need more swings”* and “I want clean
      bathrooms”**.I can’t fully explain how the Open House could have rectified this, but perhaps the boards
      could have clarified what topics were not being discussed in this forum.* My understanding is that the VSB
      does not pay for playground equipment; that this comes out of the PAC budget. **This appears to me to be
      more about inadequate maintenance budgets than it is about provision of a new school. I look forward to the
      next opportunity to give further input.
83.   Why so little discussion of heritage? There are numerous examples from around the world and locally of
      buildings that are adapted and re-used. For example, look to “UBC Renew”. For several buildings that blend
      old and new in a cost effective manner that is respectful of history. Where are the creative solutions to
      ‘where do the kids go’.
84.   N/A
85.   The original combined classroom blocks has a perfect foot print. IE, an east-west orientation that allows
      good daylight, natural ventilation, higher ceilings, full hallways with lockers, central foyer/entrance/stairwell.
      The rick structure offers both embodied energy and thermal performance, the best orientation for the sun.
      Covered plat is essential in our wet west coast climate.
86.   N/A
87.   *Need undercover play area! This is Vancouver, lots of rain, but kids need to be outside – everyday!
      Especially the ones who need lots of exercise.
88.   *My vision for this project and other school seismic upgrades, is that out children, twenty years from now,
      will say “what foresight out parents and community had when they undertook this project” I would not want
      them to be facing another infrastructure upgrade of the schools because what we build how is insufficient,
      inflexible or worn out at that point. Join forces with other schools and PAC’s to work together, not against
      each other through this seismic upgrade process, Consider whether student groups can be accommodated
      at other schools during the construction period rather than in portables. Think of connections, working
      relationships and bonds that could be forged with other communities!
89.   My son went to Gordon for 7 years and loved the undercover area with the built in hockey nets. Those are
      used year round by people literally of all ages. He went to daycare at Jericho Kids Club and it was so
      convenient for him and his parents. I would like to see more use made of the building for any interested
      community members. I hate the idea of the beautiful brick building going into a land fill. Shaughnessy
      Elementary was able to be left and renovated, why is there a problem with Gordon? The Outdoor space at
      Gordon is wonderful. The butterfly garden, the grassy sloped tree shaded field and the sports field are in
      use for many hours outside of school by the larger community. I work in the Burnaby School system and I
      can't think of a school there that is so attractive to the surrounding community. Please renovate rather than
90.   While the Visioning Session was a very positive process, I believe the follow through on the ideas and
      principles espoused at that meeting has been weak. The translation from Vision to Program seems to be
      heavily filtered through the bias of the amorphous and incompletely revealed Area Standards of the Ministry.
      We are led to believe, by the VSB representatives, that these standards are under review, and have been
      for some time. Yet we are never privy to where they are now, or what they might become, whenever they
      are finalized. The programmers seem to be using some kind of a standard for their baseline, but what that
      standard is remains unclear and unavailable. Heritage value is an issue that is very important to many
      people, and yet it gets very little attention in these discussions. There is a value to our old buildings, both in
      a collective memory, and as examples of a continuing sustainability to our children.
91.   Retention respects the heritage values and could retain the existing garden, trees and paying field.
92.   N/A
93.   A quality building is required for our children, one that is well-designed, has a history, has a proven record
      and is safe, along with being a heritage landmark in Kitsilano and the city. The energy and investment in the
      building should be put into updating the existing buildings and to make it safe. If all the wonderful heritage
      buildings, that are also schools, are simply viewed as development opportunities, we indeed as adults have
      failed the young generation.
94.   The facts, as I understand them, are: we know that all three broad design options would ensure a high level
      of seismic safety to students and staff, ensuring that everyone was able to safely exit the building (and there
    are no guarantees for any of the design options about usability of the building after a major shock) we now
    have a MINIMUM of 15%-18% more space allocated to a renewed school, so original costings are no longer
    valid we now can compare 100% costs with 100% costs of whatever design option is chosen we now know
    (based on the UBC Renew experience, as just one example) that renovation is not only a far more
    sustainable option than a tear-down, but is cheaper no matter which choice is selected, there seems to be
    agreement that there needs to be a creative, cost-effective plan for locating students and staff off-site during
    construction (one that potentially involves the cooperation of the VSB, Parks Board, and the Mayor and
    Council) the Ministry of Education has encouraged us to “think outside the box” new schools are being built
    to last a far shorter lifespan than the current old schools many heritage points lost by General Gordon in the
    tallying up of its “heritage score” early in this process represent heritage-destroying moves that could be
    easily reversed (such as partially blocking windows, the awkward placement of the non-functional elevator,
    etc.). If such “heritage-destroying” (and much-ridiculed) moves were reversed, General Gordon would likely
    earn a significantly higher “heritage score” than it did in the original survey All of this means that all the
    issues raised during this process can be addressed by retaining the old building, likely gutting and
    redesigning the interior, and creating new spaces around it. Tearing down the old building, by contrast is an
    irresponsible choice on environmental, social, educational, and fiscal grounds. The only responsible choice
    is a “hybrid” design that takes the best of both worlds, both old and new, and could relatively easily be
    designed to accommodate the expressed needs of students, staff, and community and could effectively
    address all of the issues. As a community member who grew up near by General Gordon, I believe in the
    value of old buildings such as these in retaining the character of a community. A sense of history is vital to
    a learning environment, especially where the historical and the modern can coexist in the way that is
    suggested above. Thank you for listening to these concerns.
95. Firstly, the current architectural values of the existing building are notable, and would be lost through
    demolition and reconstruction of a new school. These architectural values include: daylighting, wide
    hallways, generous stairwells, and ample flexible space. For this reason, a renovation of the existing
    building is clearly the most desirable action. Secondly, this is a historic edifice in a neighbourhood which
    has sought to protect its best heritage values for decades. The sense of continuity and responsibility that
    can be communicated to kids through the rehabilitation of fine old community buildings such as this must not
    be underestimated. Thirdly, the current situating of the building on the north side of the site, with the playing
    fields along the south side, is excellent. This would be lost if a new building were place on the south side of
    the site, placing the new playing fields in cold shadow for much of the school year. Fourthly, as someone in
    the construction industry, it is obvious to me the current building has not been actively maintained for years,
    and in many respects, decades. Despite this neglect, it continues to survive with little permanent damage.
    I can guarantee that if a new building, using many current materials, were similarly neglected it would rapidly
    degrade. It appears that VSB concurs with this analysis as the expected lifespan of a new replacement
    school is just 25 years. This is a shocking waste of resources. Finally, the large amount of land dedicated
    to parking, which is shown as a key “benefit” of the “replacement school option”, is clearly a poor use of
    space. It is ironic that the replacement school design calls for a massive increase in parking, and a large
    reduction in flexible space for students. a) Unfortunately, I suspect that the Operational Budget is viewed as
    being different from the Capital Budget. Thus, the long-term savings generated by rehabilitating the existing
    building with its superior materials is not factored in to the financial decisions for the overall project. b) As a
    community, we should acknowledge that the inconvenience or disruption caused to us parents and kids for
    two years for a “renovated school” should not guide the decision-making toward the enduring result of
    definitely “inferior new school”.
96. Given that: we know that all three broad design options would ensure a high level of seismic safety to
    students and staff, ensuring that everyone was able to safely exit the building (and there are no guarantees
    for any of the design options about usability of the building after a major shock) we now have a MINIMUM of
    15%-18% more space allocated to a renewed school, so original costings are no longer valid we now can
    compare 100% costs with 100% costs of whatever design option is chosen we now know (based on the
    UBC Renew experience, as just one example) that renovation is not only a far more sustainable option than
    a tear-down, but is cheaper no matter which choice is selected, there seems to be agreement that there
     needs to be a creative, cost-effective plan for locating students and staff off-site during construction (one
     that potentially involves the cooperation of the VSB, Parks Board, and the Mayor and Council) the Ministry
     of Education has encouraged us to “think outside the box” new schools are being built to last a far shorter
     lifespan than the current old schools many heritage points lost by General Gordon in the tallying up of its
     “heritage score” early in this process represent heritage-destroying moves that could be easily reversed
     (such as partially blocking windows, the awkward placement of the non-functional elevator, etc.). If such
     “heritage-destroying” (and much-ridiculed) moves were reversed, General Gordon would likely earn a
     significantly higher “heritage score” than it did in the original survey it seems clear to me (and many others)
     that the only responsible choice would be a “hybrid” design that takes the best of both worlds, both old and
     new, and could relatively easily be designed to accommodate the expressed needs of students, staff, and
     community and could effectively address all those issues that have been raised during this process thus far.
     To choose to demolish a huge old school and build a completely new one when all the issues raised can be
     addressed by retaining the old building, likely gutting and redesigning the interior, and creating new spaces
     around it, would seem to me environmentally, socially, educationally, and fiscally irresponsible.
97. N/A
98. Given that the safety objective can be delivered in a number of ways, I believe sustainability should be a top
     priority on this project. This is best achieved by retaining as much of the original architecture as possible
     (far less waste, and less needless production of new material). I am a parent of a new baby and live on the
     east side of Vancouver. Since many of our Vancouver schools will be subject to the same development
     process, I am looking to General Gordon as a potential model for the sustainable, child-friendly, community
     engaged school spaces of our future. I sincerely hope the final decision will accurately reflect the feedback
     received from this consultative process.
99. N/A
100. I like retaining history in a city that has so little architectural history but we need to get moving on addressing
     the seismic options. We need some design and costs but we have to move on this and the kids are in an
     unsafe building.
101. Randy Sharp (Shark and Diamond Landscape Architects) has been promoting redesign of Bayswater as a
     green street – please consider partnering with the city engineering to incorporate this natural infrastructure
     concept as a green street demonstration project. Involve a great landscape architect firm to redesign the
     interface between school property and the street public realm.
102. It would be good to incorporate space for kits daycare society, which needs a new home.
103. I support the new NCLD building as long as it is created sustainably (using as many existing building
     materials as possible).
104. During construction: I strongly support an office site location for the whole school during construction. It will
     be done faster and learning will be minimally disrupted.
105. N/A
106. Good open house.
107. I think schools need corridor and storage space. The new allocations don’t allow for that. Being able to pick-
     up young students right at the classroom door is important. Without generous hallways to allow for that. The
     needs of General Gordon will not be met. Finding a way to restore the school instead of knocking it down is
     important to me.
108. N/A
109. Let’s respect the historic building, and improve upon the legacy of past educational visionaries. The
     existing General Gordon building is most significant and deserving an upgrade, not partial or full
     replacement. We would be most foolish as a community and as a society for allowing demolition of General
110. With my 3 children all having their children at the school of course I am concerned with the safety issue. A
     renovated building can be as safe as a new constructed school. Phasing of Seismic upgrades: I taught in
     Moberly school during eighteen months of seismic upgrading. The children in this large school (over 800)
     adjusted quickly and easily to changed classrooms, locations and moves in and out of portables. The daily
     teaching was carried on as usual, and the destruction was minimal for both teachers and students. Many
     teachers prefer portable to main school classrooms, and chose to teach in them even when offered an in-
     school classroom.
111. You get to keep a classy structure. The replacement option I dislike because the siting of the new school will
     be in the wrong place. i.e: north light and west light for classrooms are best and south side for fields. That’s
     pretty obvious.
112. Why is the VSB so blatantly lobbying for New school? What has this last 2 years NCLD process been about
     if we are right back to where we started (+18%) or 3%? As a tax payer I want VSB staff/trustees to meet
     with UBC Renew to see how UBC is addressing its aging infrastructure by renovating, not demolition, how
     UBC does full life cycle costing, please have a tour of the chemistry building – state of the art labs, 21st
     century facilities in a historically significant building. Why has this process been so convoluted and
     confusing to many?
113. Carbon costs should be part of the costing model. I want a school that inspires and that makes me proud to
     send my kids to public school. Reach higher.
114. N/A
115. What’s the deal with parking? This is crazy. With all respect to our hard working teachers, they can find
     parking on the street.
116. Other than knowing that GG need a new gym, I do not have a strong opinion about this school building. I
     see Queen Mary and Kitchener as being more attractive/distractive. However, GG has a large alumni as
     well as an active parent group who deserve to be listened to. In case of seismic upgrades to all our schools,
     precious green space and open outdoor spaces need to be protected.

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