Demolition of St. Rose’s High School to commence on Monday

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St. Rose’s High School (Amanda Richards photo)

…Reconstruction will commence soon after  

The demolition of the St. Rose’s High School expected to commence on Monday, July 9 and is limited primarily to the aged wooden section and any other relevant adjoining areas that are connected to and are in a state of disrepair, which are also slated for reconstruction thereafter.

After some delay, the demolition process will be undertaken by P D Contracting Inc. and will last for approximately four weeks.

In a release from the school, it stated that a change in the work schedule was conducted to facilitate the completion of demolition works after the current school year ends, which in turn would further reduce the likelihood of there being any mishaps since the students will be on vacation.

The reconstruction project is expected to be executed by Courtney Benn Contracting Limited.

“It is intended to take place immediately following the demolition exercise and the reconstruction project is expected to last for approximately 24 months, with both demolition and reconstruction companies selected in accordance with the National Procurement guidelines and procedures”, the release added.

The new replacement structure will incorporate many aspects of the original school building design and will integrate the design of the Marian and other wings on the property including retention of the green space courtyard area, a unique feature of the school.

The new building was designed by a Trinidadian firm with strong Guyanese roots in architectural design and consulting services.

Guyanese born Orin Hinds is a member of that Team representing Bynoe, Rowe & Wiltshire, the partnership entrusted with designing, providing the relevant documents, managing and overseeing the project’s demolition and reconstruction exercise and delivery of the final agreed replacement building.

Further, the Board of Governor’s is also utilizing independent engineers to ensure the delivery of the agreed final design which would take into full account the aesthetics in keeping with the expectations of the stakeholders, the history of the existing structure and adherence to current local and international environmental and building codes and standards.

Further, the design process was conducted with the input of the Board of Governors, who consulted all relevant stakeholders, including The Nuns of the Convent who gave their no objections to the entire process along with contributing during the feedback phase of the design process.

“The P.T.A, Alumni Associations, Students, Teachers, Principal, Deputy Principal, The National Trust, The Ministry of Education, The Ministry of Social Cohesion, The Ministry of Finance and all others with direct or indirect impact on the design process also contributed immensely with their own separate stakeholder contributions during this process”, the school stated in its release to the media.

Collectively it was agreed that, the school must look towards the future and incorporate the very best of modern design and “green” architectural approaches into the new building that will stand as an example for future educational building designs here in Guyana.

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