Wasp nests and renos!

Construction work going on at South Canoe Elementary has resulted in an interesting find and will also result in an upgraded look by the time students head back to school in September!

As part of work to upgrade the school, SD83 carpenters, Jonathan Paull and Daylon Gray were removing soffiting and siding and found two large almost intact wasp nests. They carefully removed them and then gave them to the school for students to be able to look at.

They dryly commented that they were very grateful the nests were empty when they found and removed them!

“It’s always wonderful when we can take something like this and turn it into a learning moment for students and staff.  The workers here did a great job preserving the hive and I’m really grateful they kept it for us to show students,” said South Canoe Principal Jared King. “We’re also really appreciative of the work being done at South Canoe Elementary to upgrade and beautify our building and have it looking sharp for September.  I’m very excited to see the finished product!”

Paull and Gray are part of a team doing the upgrades at the school. They explained they are installing Hardie Board shake and lap siding, replacing the current windows with new fibreglass double pane sealed units (which don’t expand or contract with the heat) as well as installing several new doors. They are rebuilding the ramp into the school as well as having the stairs that are for the emergency exit for the library sandblasted and re-painted.

Facilities Manager Glynn Warnica explains the upgrades are part of the SD83 building envelope from the annual facilities grant and will be done in two phases with the north portion of the school in phase one and the south portion in phase two. He added the upgrades will improve the school’s learning environment for students and increase energy efficiency.

“Our facilities team took the time to address what South Canoe School needed for a building envelope upgrade while balancing how it could look. Jon, Daylon and the rest of the team built a “mock-up” (seen above) of different finishing options and led our senior leadership team (SLT) through an overview of the project. Our SLT selected the option that best suits South Canoe School and the facilities team have started the project. Great work team. Thanks for all your ideas and suggestions. I’m really looking forward to showcasing the finished product,” added Warnica.

He added the chosen colour scheme (which is shown on the left of the photo) will blend in nicely with the surrounding area and the school’s outdoor focus. He is hopeful work will be completed by the end of August.