Kelly Road demolition a slow process

When people think of a building being demolished, it's all about the big crane swinging the wrecking ball, maybe a few implosions, flying bricks and some loud crashes.

Kelly Road Secondary School is going out quietly, rather than with a bang.

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The demolition process started in February and will be completed in June.

Before the process started, all usable items were removed and have been retained by the school district and will be provided to other schools as needed, was one of the statements provided in an email response to an inquiry about the old school.

If furnishings and equipment are beyond useful life, they will be recycled or taken to the BC Auction for sale.

A hazardous materials contractor has deconstructed the parts of the building containing hazardous materials and those have been disposed of separately from the general materials.

All metals, like steel beams, will be recycled. Masonry blocks will be crushed for future repurposing as an aggregate material and the residual demolition materials will then be taken to the landfill.

The project is scheduled to be complete in November. 

After that, the old school site will see a parking lot with 72 parking spaces in it, with a drop-off lane and parking for those who are disabled. There will be a new sports field in front of the new school as well as behind it and those fields will be for football, soccer and other school sports as well as community use.

The demolition costs of $1.1 million are part of the overall $43.4 million budget to build Shas Ti Kelly Road Secondary.

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