Dawson Wallace Construction Ltd was awarded the contract for the new South Lethbridge Elementary School following a competitive tender in January 2019. Following the finalization of provincial funding, the final contract was issued in April 2019, and construction commenced soon after.
Located in Lethbridge’s Southhbrook community, the new school will encompass 42,000 sq.ft. on the main floor, providing space for 600 students. The school will house classrooms, a gymnasium, administrative areas, project centres, a servery, and a library and music room. In addition to traditional classroom space within the main structure, eight modular classrooms will also be installed in order to provide additional capacity.
The main school is comprised of a structural steel building on strip footings. The exterior will feature primarily brick veneer, with metal cladding on the upper gym walls. The school will also be equipped with large arrays of solar panels on the roof and gymnasium walls, as well as a large mechanical penthouse. The new South Lethbridge Elementary School is expected to open in September 2021.