Edmonton Catholic Schools has purchased the 50th Street Atria Building (9405-50 St) to provide centralized Division administrative services. We will be consolidating six administrative sites into one location, bringing together more than 300 ECSD employees under one roof.
"By relocating our Division office and consolidating administration buildings, we anticipate a savings of at least one million dollars per year for the next ten years. It is money that can be redirected into our classrooms and schools,” said Chief Superintendent Robert Martin.
Built in 1980, the new Lumen Christi Catholic Education Centre will serve as a common space for the Division and allow for collaborative opportunities and better workflow. The building includes easy access, ample parking for all staff and visitors, and will accommodate future growth.
The total cost is between $15 and $17 million, which includes purchase, renovation, relocation, and operating costs during renovation. At the March 24 Public Meeting of the Board, trustees unanimously voted in favour of selling the Division's current administrative sites to cover any additional costs as well to build-up its Capital Reserves.
Edmonton Catholic Schools plans to be operating out of the building by Fall of 2022.
The 50th Street Atria was purchased for $9,800,000; the building has an appraised value of $30,000,000 (2016).
It will be called the Lumen Christi Catholic Education Centre.
The building size is 189,536 square feet.
Why is the Project called Our Common Home?
In May of 2015, our Holy Father Pope Francis wrote the encyclical Laudato Si’ - On Care for Our Common Home. In his letter, the Pope critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environment degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take “swift and unified action”.
While addressing the environment directly, the encyclical’s scope is broader as it considers not only our effect on the environment, but also the many philosophical, theological, and cultural causes that threaten the relationships of people to nature and to each other in various circumstances.
Edmonton Catholic School’s decision to consolidate our centralized services into an educational hub is rooted in the principles of Laudato si’. It reflects responsible stewardship of our resources, a commitment to decrease our physical and carbon footprint, and the unification of our administrative communities with an eye to ensuring that the monetary resources intended for students are making it to classrooms instead of supporting old, inefficient, and crumbling infrastructure.
On top of the financial cost savings, we welcome the opportunity to unify all of our administrative staff under one roof. It will serve as a common space for the Division and allow for collaborative opportunities and more efficient and effective workflow. The new building has space to host professional development events. Right now, we pay to rent spaces for many of these events. There will be a larger board room for our Public Meetings of the Board of Trustees and more space for guests. The building includes ample parking for staff and visitors and will accommodate future growth. We can no longer keep spending precious dollars on repairing and maintaining old facilities that were never intended to be office spaces.
We do not require debt financing to pay for the building. We will only use capital reserves; no instructional dollars will be spent.
By relocating our Division office and consolidating administration buildings, we anticipate a savings of approximately one million dollars per year for the next 10 years. We are confident this will help significantly decrease the burden of the costs of our non-instructional infrastructure and improve learning opportunities for our students by directing more dollars to the classroom.
Edmonton Catholic Schools operates six administrative buildings spread throughout the city that range in age from 59 to 113 years old with a total area of 215,000 square feet. Five of our administrative buildings were former schools.. Our current buildings do not provide the appropriate number of workstations, meeting rooms, collaborative spaces, and storage. By moving to a consolidated location, we will reduce our physical footprint by 12 percent and still have room to accommodate future growth.
We are planning for a renovation which will incorporate Edmonton Catholic Schools’ culture and align with our vision to provide high quality administrative services within a modest budget. Examples of changes include replacing flooring, painting, and upgrading to energy-efficient light fixtures. Our plan is to use the existing layout of the building spaces and adapt, as necessary.
We have a tentative move-in date of Fall 2022. As we move to different phases of the project, we will continue to update this page.