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Building & Modernizing Schools : Griffith Woods School

Building & Modernizing Schools

Griffith Woods School

7652 - 26 Avenue SW, Calgary AB T3H 3X2 (tentative)

Community | Springbank Hill/Discovery Ridge
Capacity | 900 Students
Anticipated Opening Date | TBD

Note: Griffith Woods School will open as a "school within schools" at existing schools in Sept. 2017
Grades | K-9  


School Website


Oct. 23, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have heard from parents and community members during this past month about their concerns and questions regarding the construction of the new school. With the objective of providing more timely information and as an extension to the monthly updates already provided, moving forward we will provide recurring updates that will share more detailed information regarding progress on the construction of Griffith Woods School.

As of mid-October, the construction challenges experienced during the summer of 2017 have been resolved and the project is now making progress with work underway weekdays, evenings and weekends. Earlier this summer, it was discovered that the school’s supporting columns needed to be insulated. This ultimately required work that had already been completed, such as some exterior brickwork and interior walls, to have to be undone to allow for the insulation of the columns. Unfortunately, this delay was significant enough to compromise the opening date.

The current priority is to complete work required prior to the onset of winter. Accordingly, landscaping and exterior brickwork are anticipated to be completed in early November. Concurrently, work is also progressing on the inside of the school, with walls now primed for painting on the main floor, some finishing paint completed on the second floor and suspended ceiling work advancing throughout the building.

We are working closely with the architect, project manager and general contractor to correct issues as they arise and accelerate the work where possible. The CBE takes new school openings very seriously and every effort is being made to ensure that Griffith Woods School will open for students as soon as possible. The construction of any new building has an element of uncertainty and it is truly unfortunate that this particular construction project has experienced the delays it has. In the end, what is most important is that the school provides a safe and high quality long-term learning environment.

To keep the school community updated on the project, the Area Director and I will hold recurring update meetings with the Griffith Woods School Council Co-Chairs, Ms. Dana Holmes and Ms. Elinor Wilson, until the school opens. The next update should be available towards the end of November and will be posted on the school’s website.

We will continue to closely monitor construction progress and anticipate having the information to confirm the revised opening date to you during the month of January.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school Principal, Ms. Rhonda Choate at or 403-817-3572.


Dany Breton, Superintendent
Facilities and Environmental Services

Construction Status

The construction status is updated using the Construction Projects Status Report that is presented monthly to the Board of Trustees.

Oct. 2017
Design and Specifications 100%
City Permits 100%
Construction Award 100%
Foundations 100%
Steel Fabrication and Erection 100%
Roofing and Membranes 100%
Building Envelope 80%
Interior Finishes 40%
Note: Project tracking behind schedule. Forecast January 2018 opening date has been compromised. Significant construction risks remain

Sept. 2017

Design and Specifications 100%
City Permits 100%
Construction Award 100%
Foundations 100%
Steel Fabrication and Erection 100%
Roofing and Membranes 100%
Building Envelope 70%
Interior Finishes 30%
Note: Project tracking behind schedule. Forecast January 2018 opening date has been compromised. Significant construction risks remain

Project Background

June 2016

  • Tenders were received in April 2016, approved by the Board of Trustees. Awaiting Alberta Infrastructure’s approval of award of recommended bidder.

May 2016

  • Tenders were received in April 2016, and are being assessed by Administration prior to approval by the Board of Trustees and Alberta Infrastructure.

April 2016

  • The documents are out for tender.

March 2016

  • Alberta Infrastructure has approved the tender and the documents will be released in March 2016.

February 2016

  • Awaiting Alberta Infrastructure approval to tender.

December 2015

  • Working drawings are being prepared for Alberta Infrastructure review in January 2016 for a tender release in February 2016.
  • December 2015 - Held open house at Education Centre for stakeholders to view design plans.
  • Schematic designs have been developed.
  • Steering Committee meetings have commenced
  • Request for proposals were issued for design services and proposals were reviewed in December 2014.
  • Design Services Contract wwas awarded to CEI Architecture Planning Interiors.

School Registration

Kindergarten registration starts on Jan. 9, 2017. Kindergarten registrations for Griffith Woods School will be accepted at Jennie Elliott School for residents of Discovery Ridge or at Battalion Park School for residents of Springbank Hill. Please visit our Registering at a New School page for more information on how to register your child. We do not offer pre-registration or waitlists. Current students who live within the new school's designation area and are currently attending Jennie Elliott School, Battalion Park School, Glenbrook School or A.E. Cross School will automatically be transferred to the new school. Student transfers from other CBE schools or other school districts will be accepted after the principal is in place, which will be at the beginning of April. Please check back after April 1, 2017 for more information on where to take student transfer forms. We expect that the new school will have enough space for all of the students in its designation area.   Use our kindergarten calculator below to find out when your child can start kindergarten.

Kindergarten Calculator

School Community

The school is anticipated to provide educational programming for students living in the communities of Springbank Hill and Discover Ridge. The school will provide instruction in the Regular Program.

School Facility

The school in Springbank Hill will be built at 26 Avenue SW & Springborough Blvd SW, on the approved CBE school site zoned for educational purposes.

Construction and Design

  • Design - CEI Architecture Planning Interiors
  • Construction - Maple Reinders Inc. 

Project Background

  • March 31, 2015 - the Province committed to fully funding the construction of Springbank Hill/Discovery Ridge school.
  • October 8, 2014 - the Province committed to the immediate planning and design of Springbank Hill/Discovery Ridge school.
  • 2009 – Springbank Hill/Discovery Ridge Middle School was identified as a priority in the CBE Three-Year Capital Plan

 Working with the Community

  • You can provide feedback by clicking on the Your Voice Feedback Form
  • We are committed to providing regular updates on this webpage


 Contact Us


 Meet Your Principal | Rhonda Choate


 Construction Photos


​Construction photos are updated using the Construction Project Status Report that is presented monthly to the Board of Trustees.




​Oct. 23, 2017 ​Update
​Sept. 28, 2017 ​The Battalion Park & Griffith Woods Terry Fox Run​
​Sept. 14, 2017 ​Update | Delay in School Opening
​Jun. 2, 2017 New School Opening for Springbank Hill and Discovery Ridge
​Apr. 12, 2017

​Update Letter to Parents

​Apr. 12, 2017

​Host School Letter - Delayed School Opening:

A.E. Cross

Battalion Park

Bishop Pinkham

Jennie Elliott

​Mar. 20, 2017 Letter from New Assistant Principal
​Feb. 28, 2017 ​Principal Announcement
​June 20, 2016 New School Named for Nature Preserve





​Attendance Area

Attendance Area Map

Walk Zone

Click the map below to view the walk zone for your school. To find out on how walk zones are determined and answers to frequently asked questions visit our school walk zone page.



 Supporting Documents

​June 2016 Frequently Asked Questions
​June 23, 2016 Open House Feedback Received
​Apr. 2016 Site Plan
​Mar. 2016 Elevation Plan
​Jan. 2016 Community Engagement Plan
Oct. 20, 2014 Site Map



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