General Gordon Elementary School students and staff relocated to portables located at Queen Elizabeth Annex and Queen Elizabeth Main school for the start of the 2014/15 school year. The move allows the existing 1910 building to be demolished and replaced with the New General Gordon Elementary School planned for fall 2016/17.Link to views of new school and plans or Link to City of Vancouver Development Permit information for General Gordon Elementary

Latest Meeting/Information Summaries

Headline: Monday Jan 05 Gym down, library side wall down.
Date Jan 05, 2015
Location Eyewitness Account
Attendees N/A
Summary Gymnasium down and west side wall down exposing interior.

Headline: Monday Dec 29 Hydro crew arrives and disconnects power
Date Dec 29, 2014
Location Eyewitness Account
Attendees N/A
Summary Trucks arrived this morning and spent the day taking down transformers from power poles at south side of the school site.

Headline: Demolition Monday Dec 22 if Hydro crew arrives as expected
Date Dec 19, 2014
Location From Construction Company
Attendees N/A
Summary From the contractor:

I met with Hydro on site this afternoon - meters and CT's will be pulled tomorrow. Main disconnect will be shut down and locked off. Building will be dark.

Line crew eta is still unknown. If today still, then demo will start in earnest on Monday. If line crew shows up Monday, then demo is Tuesday.

I wish I could be more precise, but this is the best I can do.

I'll update everyone as the information comes to me. "

Headline: Demolition to Start Week of December 14th.
Date Dec 12, 2014
Location From VSB Project Team
Attendees N/A
Summary Hello all;

We have received a demolition permit from the City of Vancouver today for General Gordon Elementary. Based on feedback from the contractor, demolition of the building shell may begin as early as Wednesday December 17th. We expect the demolition to be complete in time for new construction to begin March 1st 2015.

Please advise those who may be interested to know, and let me know any questions.


Jay Hiscox
Project Manager, Planning and Facilities
Vancouver School Board
1580 West Broadway
Vancouver BC V6J 5K8
T 604.713.4427

Headline: Hazardous materials abatement underway. Building shell down in early 2015.
Date Nov 20, 2014
Location Gordon Gazette
Attendees Published in Gordon Gazette
Summary The VBE has been given approval by MoE to begin the demolition phase of the GG project. The construction contractor has begun to erect fencing and hoarding on the site and to complete City requirements for preparations for demolition. The first phase of demolition is hazardous materials abatement, which will take approximately 3 weeks. The full demolition is expected to take approximately 13 weeks. At this point we expect the building shell to begin to be taken down early in the new year. These timelines are general as unexpected issues may arise once work is underway.

The VBE is still waiting for funding approval from the MoE for the construction phase of the replacement building, which we expect to secure before year end. Our target date for completion is September 2016. The contractor will continue to provide updates as work progresses on their ability to meet this completion date.

Headline: PAC has been assured that the New School is on schedule for the start of 2016/17 school year
Date October 31, 2014
Location QE Main School
Attendees Gordon PAC executives, Vancouver School Board representatives, the QE Main and QE Annex PAC co-chairs, and the Gordon, QE Main and QE Annex principals and vice-principals.
Summary Most of the meeting was about facility and community issues arising from QE hosting Gordon, but at the end, the Gordon PAC executives were able to ask the School Board representatives about the lack of news and the apparent lack of progress on the rebuilding of Gordon.

We were assured the project is still on schedule to provide the new building for the start of Gordon's 2016/17 school year, in Fall 2016. There are issues being worked with the City development permits and the Ministry budget, but this is not unexpected. The old building, although still standing, has been largely stripped inside of recyclable parts, and removal of hazardous materials has begun. The demolition and building contractor has been selected. The company selected has rebuilt both Lord Kitchener and Queen Mary schools, so is experienced in these projects. The demolition of the old building should start in January.

Chris Atkinson, the District Principal, has offered to come to PAC meetings to provide status updates to the PAC membership and answer questions. We plan to invite him to the January PAC meeting.

Headline: Ministry of Education / Vancouver board of education (VBE) to create a co-governed project office to oversee seismic projects in the Vancouver school district (SD 39)
Date August 20, 2014
Location Victoria
Attendees Press Release
Summary (For Full Text of Announcement Click HERE)

A proposed new project office in the Vancouver school district will help speed up the delivery of school seismic projects aimed at keeping students and staff safe in the event of an earthquake.

Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the Ministry of Education proposes to work with the Vancouver board of education (VBE) to create a co-governed project office staffed by professional personnel dedicated to overseeing seismic projects in the Vancouver school district (SD 39). The office will provide SD 39 access to additional, specialized resources to accelerate progress on seismic upgrades. As soon as the MOU is signed by the chair of the VBE and the Minister of Education, a steering committee will be formed to hire a director who will then be responsible for establishing the office.

A co-governance model will support closer working relationships to help accelerate decision making and project delivery. The new office will help ensure Seismic Mitigation Program (SMP) funding is clearly focused on seismic upgrades and help the VBE make better use of the excess capacity in their facilities, as the district currently has up to 9,000 empty school seats.

Currently, there are 69 schools in SD 39 that have been assessed by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists BC as having high seismic risk. Given the complexity and significant number of projects in SD 39, combined with the need to maximize the number of safety upgrades within the available program funding, there is a unique need and opportunity in SD 39 to address these projects in a more timely and cost-effective manner through a specialized seismic office.

The Province first communicated to the VBE its request for a specialized office in the spring of 2012. In early 2014, the Ministry of Education reengaged the VBE and held detailed discussions on the scope and purpose of the specialized seismic office.

Through the Seismic Mitigation Program, the Province has committed more than $1 billion over the next 10 years to support school seismic projects throughout B.C. Of the 69 high risk schools in Vancouver, there are currently five in design or under construction and a further 24 projects the Province has committed to fund through the Seismic Mitigation Program. While SMP funding remains available and the provincial government remains committed to the 24 supported projects, the Province is not in a position to proceed with final approvals and funding until the MOU is in place.