Queen Mary gets a facelift

NORTH VANCOUVER – Major construction began on Monday at Queen Mary
Elementary, a near-century-old educational landmark that will have its
interior overhauled and seismically upgraded while its historical
exterior gets restored and preserved.

First opened in 1914, Queen Mary Elementary has been designated a
heritage property by the City of North Vancouver due to its
architectural, historic and contextual importance.

The $19.1-million project will see the school’s existing interior fully
replaced, modernized and upgraded to current building and seismic codes.
Exterior renovations will preserve the building’s historic character.
Key design elements will be maintained, and worn or damaged structures
and features will be rebuilt or reconditioned. Work on the school
grounds will include playground landscaping, updating play areas and
refurbishing hard surface areas.

The restored and upgraded Queen Mary will be built to Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold or equivalent standards.
These standards address water efficiency, energy and atmosphere,
materials and resources and indoor environment quality. Schools built to
LEED Gold standards produce significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions
compared to older schools and can result in operational savings of up to
60 per cent.

Construction on the school is expected to be completed by September
2013.

Education Minister George Abbott said, “This project will enhance school safety for students and staff and will create a more modern and environmentally sustainable mlearning environment. I applaud all the partners involved in this project for recognizing the important heritage value of Queen Mary Elementary school and developing a plan that protects the school’s historical character while ensuring student safety and environmental sustainability.”

Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Naomi Yamamoto said, “This project will help protect a historic North Vancouver landmark, while at the same time modernizing it and making it safer for our students. The revitalized Queen Mary Elementary will be a tremendous benefit to students and will sustain a lasting legacy for this city and community.”