Thinkspace is pleased to announce three team members – Ron Hoffart, Henk Kampman and Umur Olcay – have received the Certified Educational Facility Planner (CEFP) designation, a mark of excellence developed to reflect the knowledge, skills and abilities of a competent educational facility planner. As three of only seven CEFPs in Canada, we congratulate Ron, Henk and Umur on this great achievement. Thinkspace specializes in K-12 and post –secondary educational projects.
John Robson Elementary School is starting to take shape as a new middle school in New Westminster. The site has nearly a century of history as a school, beginning as early as 1921 when the provincial jail was first renovated as a high school, a few years later replaced with the existing elementary school. A feature of the school redesign is the retention of “archaeological” remnants of the John Robson School in the form of some retained foundations and design elements, suggestive of the shape of the old school, and the existing copper cupola, re-purposed and moved from its existing location to the ground below as a gazebo.
Construction began on Centennial Secondary School in November of 2013. The school is expected to gain occupancy in May of 2016, with the neighbourhood learning centre opening a year later. Foundation walls for the library, main entrance and theatre areas are in place. Class and project learning areas are beginning to take shape.