School addition funded for UniverCity's growing family population
By Diane Luckow
Just six years after opening, UniverCity’s Highlands Elementary School has secured $3.9 million to create a two-storey addition that will accommodate a further 195 student spaces. When complete, the larger school will have 60 kindergarten and 425 elementary student spaces.
The addition follows a dramatic increase in households with families living in the UniverCity community. In 2007 just 20 per cent of households had children. That figure rose to more than 50 per cent in 2014.
Later this fall UniverCity will welcome its 5,000th resident. By 2020, when the community build-out is complete, there will be approximately 10,000 residents.
The Highlands addition will house seven new elementary classrooms and one kindergarten classroom, as well as storage space and accessible washrooms. Work is expected to start later this year, and completion is slated for January 2018.
The province contributed $2.75 million towards the expansion and SFU Community Trust contributed $1,000,000. The project also includes 24 spaces for a new before-and-after-school program, funded by the SFU Childcare Society through a grant from the Ministry of Children and Family Development.