The process of designing and building a new school or a major renovation to an existing school is a shared with the Ministry of Education. Based on the project rankings within the Ministry of Education's list of Top 10 Major Capital Requests, the Ministry reviews requests and approves projects, which kicks off the process.
The key steps in the process are outlined below. (Approval from the Ministry is required at each step in the process in order to proceed to the next step.) All major capital projects are fully grant funded by the Ministry of Education.
Stage One Plan is a high level analysis of enrolments, programs, potential sites and estimated costs. This information is used to refine the Ministry's project rankings.
Schematic Design Phase establishes the general scope, conceptual design, scale and relationships among the components of the project. The objective is to explore the most promising design solutions to arrive at a clearly defined, feasible concept.
Design Development Phase expands upon the approved schematic design by preparing more detailed drawings illustrating all aspects of the proposed design including floor plans, major materials, room finishes and building code compliance.
Construction Drawings are detailed working drawings and specifications that will be used to establish construction costs through a competitive public tender and build the project. The Ministry reviews the drawings at the 33%, 66% and 99% completion stages.
Building Tender and Construction involves actual construction of the building under the management of a general contractor as determined by a public tender and supervision from the project architect and the School Division.