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Five Mile Hall school advances with design company

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A new school planned for the Five Mile Hall area has a firm in place to complete a design.

Peace Wapiti School Division (PWSD) named the Edmonton and Calgary-based company Start Architecture as the successful bidder for the design last week.

The school is intended to replace Harry Balfour School in the City of Grande Prairie and the expected two-year construction period is anticipated to begin this fall, according to PWSD.

The school will serve students from junior kindergarten to Grade 8 in Harry Balfour School’s attendance area, south and east of the city, according to PWSD.

According to PWSD, division staff, Alberta Education, Alberta Infrastructure and Start Architecture will work collaboratively on a design similar to Whispering Ridge Community School.

WRCS opened in Clairmont in September 2018 at 6,500 square metres, with a learning commons and fireplace, learning spaces for quiet study and a music room.

When WRCS opened, the school division board named the Five Mile Hall-area school a top capital plan priority, according the PWSD.

Like WRCS, the new school in the Five Mile Hall area is intended to reduce the additional time required to transport rural students through the city.

The County of Grande Prairie is working to develop water, wastewater, electricity and natural gas services at the construction site, according to PWSD.

Among the schools Start Architecture has previously worked on is Mother Teresa Catholic School in Grande Prairie, according to PWSD.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News