HWCDSB awards construction contract for new addition at St. Thomas More
The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board has awarded the construction contract for the new classroom addition at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School to TRP Construction Ltd. in the amount of $5,779,000. The contract also contained a separate price of $224,800 to repave and restructure the parking lot at the north end of the property.
“The board is very excited to be moving this project forward,” said Chairperson Patrick J. Daly. “We’re very grateful to the many people whose time and efforts have made this possible. We’re very pleased that St. Thomas More will finally have this wonderful new facility to serve its community’s ever-growing and every-changing needs.”
The new 25,930 ft2 2-storey addition will house 15 classrooms, a meeting room, a new main entrance lobby and renovated front office connection to the existing forum, additional washrooms, a new main feature entrance on the second level with barrier-free access, and a glass stairway. Energy efficient and sustainable features will be incorporated into the design in keeping with the board’s commitment to social and ecological responsibility in education. Green features include a reflective modified bituminous roof, extra insulation in walls and roof, low E window glazing, low VOC paint, a thermal mass energy heating/cooling system, a digital building systems control, high efficiency T5 and LED lighting, and Smart Boards in all classrooms.
The wing, designed by Svedas Architects Inc, will connect to the existing building at the current main entrance and will extend out towards Upper Paradise Road (see north elevation sketch, attached).
“The St. Thomas More school community is excited about, and grateful for, this new addition to our campus,” said Principal Susanna Fortino-Bozzo. “It will mean the removal of 16 portables and the construction of a new state-of-the-art wing to enhance the excellent education our students receive at STM.”
Thanking the many STM Catholic School Councils who have made the initiative a priority over the past several years, and to the Board and Ministry for responding to the needs of the school community, Fortino-Bozzo added, “Our students and staff can’t wait to get into their new classrooms.” Visit - Home (The Buzz Board)