Timeline laid out for new Nakusp school daycare project

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The first children should be attending School District 10’s daycare at Nakusp Elementary in about 18 months.

That’s according to the timeline given by district Superintendent Terry Taylor at a meeting with trustees last month.

“Anticipated construction completion date is April 2022, later than originally anticipated,” Taylor told the board in a report. “…given challenges due to time of year when the project was finally approved by [the provincial] New Spaces Fund and CBT, and complexities with supply chain in COVID.”

The $3.1 million, 95-seat daycare project was approved by the SD 10 board in September. Taylor says the architects and district staff are now busy doing preliminary planning.

A hazardous materials assessment (for lead and asbestos in the portables to be torn down) and a geotechnical survey are first up: they are to be completed in the next month or so.

Trustees and the public will get a first look at the final architectural drawings for the changes to Nakusp Elementary School in mid-November. But Taylor warned that while the review is an opportunity to have some input into the design, the reality is not much can change.

“We can’t make major adjustments because that would impact the overall budget,” she says. “So we have to be conscientious of the fact that $3.15 million is all that’s there and we have to stay within budget.”

Tenders will go out on the project in January and February, with construction planned to start in March 2021. It will take just over a year of work to get the space rebuilt, with an eye to having inspections completed and the first children enter the building in May 2022.

“That’s if everything goes well… and we anticipate it will all go well,” she told the board.

John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice