University Hill Secondary gets sleek new building filled with modern amenities
The University Hill Secondary in Vancouver has moved to its new $37.9-million home. The new building for the Vancouver school was inaugurated on Feb. 14.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for the University Hill Secondary school community,” said Vancouver School Board chair Patti Bacchus.
“The community has been working towards the opening of this new school for years. I’m so happy that this day has finally arrived.”
Spread over three-hectares, University Hill is built within the UBC endowment lands.
An former National Research Council (NRC) facility was retrofitted for the construction of the newest Vancouver school.
University Hill can accommodate up to 1,000 students between grades nine and 12.
It has been constructed to meet the strict environmental guidelines as laid down in the LEED gold standard.
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Other features of this new Vancouver school include its sliding walls, a robotics laboratory and a large gym.
“University Hill is a modern, state-of-the art learning environment. It provides students a school with a strong sense of community and the opportunity to grow and learn in an exceptional facility,” said education minister Don McRae.
The sliding walls allow teachers to change the dimensions of a classroom to fit their needs.
“Sliding walls and doors allow the conversion of intimate meeting spaces into large halls. Students and teachers can customize their learning environment to fit small groups of four or crowds of more than sixty,” reads a government press release.
The robotics lab is built in a special technology area.
“The best way to help children become the leaders of tomorrow is to ensure they have a bright, modern learning environment today,” emphasized premier Christy Clark on the importance of using modern learning techniques at the Vancouver school.
The university has granted the land on a 99-year lease for a “nominal” cost.
UBC has also announced it will provide an artificial turf playing field for the school.
The new building replaces the original University Hill building on Acadia Road which was built back in 1954.