Celebrating One Year on Site at Cowichan Secondary Build


The Cowichan Secondary School Replacement Project passed a major milestone on Wednesday, January 5, 2023. That day marked one year since contractors rolled on the site for the very first day of construction.

Since that time, some of the visible work on the site has included preparing the ground to set 1824 stone columns to stabilize the foundation, trucking in and spreading 11,143 cubic metres of stone to elevate the new school above the floodplain, pouring of sections of the concrete foundation, and the beginnings of the installation of structural steel.

With the final touches being put on the building design, the structure is now taking shape and passers-by can see the first sections of the building.

“We are thrilled, not only with the progress on our beautiful new school, but also with Urban One Builders and HCMA Architecture who are working with local contractors to ensure that our project is an economic boon for the Cowichan Valley,” said Cathy Schmidt, Chair of the Board of Education for the Cowichan Valley School District.

“It has been a pleasure collaborating with the Cowichan Valley School District and Cowichan Tribes on the design of their new school. Following a significant amount of site work, it will be exciting to watch the building structure start to take shape over the next weeks and months,” said Allan Beron, President of Urban One Builders.

“Our government is making investments to create schools that support communities and their unique needs,” said Rachna Singh, Minister of Education and Child Care. “It’s great to see progress being made on the new Cowichan Secondary School. Our government invested $83.8 million for the new school, and I’m looking forward to seeing it benefit students, families and staff once it opens.”

With visible structure starting to form on the site, excitement is growing by the day as students, staff, and the community can now see ongoing progress.