Lord Nelson School, celebrated the official opening of its new addition and gymnasium today. The construction is designed to have LEED Silver level green building certification as well as a Manitoba Hydro Power Smart designation.

“The new space gives students maximum comfort with controlled temperature, ventilation, and lighting,” said Sandy Stevenson, Principal. “The designers added Solatubes to bring daylight into dark interior spaces, adding enough light to replace electric lighting.” Studies show that natural daylight serves to enhance student performance through improved learning, behaviour, and health.

“The WSD Board of Trustees was pleased to partner with the Province of Manitoba on this much-needed addition,” said Sherri Rollins, Chair, WSD Board of Trustees. “The new gymnasium replaces a 68-year-old space in the 100-year-old school.” Rollins noted that the addition includes new classroom spaces for each Nursery and Kindergarten and a canteen area, adding a total of 9,540 sq ft of new space to the Nursery to grade 6 school.

The province provided $4.5 million for the construction of the new gymnasium.

 “Physical activity in school fosters academic success and helps students develop healthy life habits,” said Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart. “I congratulate students, staff, and parents here at Lord Nelson on the opening of this beautiful new gym, which will support a healthy school environment and create recreational opportunities for the surrounding community.”

In keeping with WSD’s strategic priority to strengthen and enhance sustainable development in the division, exterior landscaping was designed so that it will not require irrigation, also helping to conserve potable water. Vegetable planter boxes are provided to teach students about organic gardening and local food production. The school has designated a portion of the grounds to be preserved as vegetated area for the life of the building, impervious parking area will not increase and an existing stall is reserved for carpools in an effort to decrease single occupancy vehicle use. Additional bike racks encourage more students to use alternative transportation methods and staff are provided with secure covered bike lockers and shower/change facilities to accommodate cyclists.

WSD was established in 1871 and currently has 78 schools, 33,000 students, and 6,000 employees. Its purpose is to provide a learning environment that fosters the growth of each student’s potential and provide equitable opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for meaningful participation in a global and diverse society.