- In 2010 the Board of Directors commissioned engineering analysis of the quadrangle made up of Lannon (1924), McCormack (1927), Mackin (1957) and Nichol (1967) Halls. The study concluded that Mackin and Nichol Halls require some seismic upgrading but the buildings are in reasonable shape. Lannon and McCormack Halls need to be replaced. An Architecture and Planning firm was subsequently commissioned by the Board to develop a concept plan for how the school could tackle this project with minimal disruption to the day to day operations of the school. That concept plan, which was used to estimate the costs involved, was shown to the VC community in the fall of 2013.
- In November 2013, the Board commissioned a feasibility study for a capital campaign to raise the estimated $36 million needed to renew the campus. The study, conducted from December 2013 to April 2014, concluded that there is support within the VC community for such a project and with some adjustments to our existing systems and processes, a future campaign is feasible. Our Capital Campaign will launch in the fall of 2016 and will conclude in 2019/20.
- In the summer of 2014, the Board conducted a competitive process to select the architectural firm to design the project. In December 2014, the firm chosen from among four in the competition was Acton Ostry Architects (AOA). Acton Ostry has an extensive track record designing new buildings and upgrades to numerous education facilities in Vancouver. Among its recent accomplishments are the new and rejuvenated parts of York House School, King David High School, renovations to the Sauder School of Business and Biological Sciences Complex at UBC, the expansion and renovation of Talmud Torah Elementary School, and the new St. Augustine's Elementary School completed in the fall of 2015. AOA was selected because of their specific experience designing schools, consultative planning process, successful results and creativity, and proven ability to work within a client's budgetary realities.