“When dealing with more rural projects, access to infrastructure is something we have to address immediately and make sure we budget into the overall cost of the project.”
Peter Duckworth, Principal
Infrastructure itself was a challenge on this project because the school was sited in a rural area, away from much of the resources of the city of Napanee. For example, a good 50% of the student population is being bussed in from a rural area, so a 15 bus lay-by was designed to accommodate this influx of students .
The rural site is beyond the current water service and required the installation of a new pumping station. Napanee is situated on limestone rock shelf with a very thin soil layer so we had to blast out about 300 metres of rock to bring in water and sanitary services. At the time, we didn’t anticipate that Napanee did not have emergency power on their water supply. We had to put in an emergency generator and pump so in the event of a power failure, the school still had water pressure to the sprinklers.
When dealing with more rural projects, access to infrastructure is something we have to address immediately and ensure it is considered in the overall cost of the project. This all goes back to the Board’s original planning. Yes they are getting a site at a reduced cost because it is an unserviced location. But those savings has to be carefully balanced with the potential impact of additional spending to make the site functional.