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Wikwemikong First Nation – Class ‘D’ School Inspections

Client Name:

Wikwemikong First Nation

Client Sector:

First Nation

Service Sector:

Building Services


March 2011 to Present


Wikwemikong First Nation

Project Description:

S. Burnett & Associates (SBA) was retained to conduct and prepare a report for a Class D Inspection on two school buildings owned by Wikwemikong First Nation. The in-depth and intrusive school inspection included:

  • Electrical Wiring and Panels
  • Potential Friable Insulation Materials
  • Substandard Water Pipes
  • Foundation Slab on Grade Cracks
  • Analysis of the Integrity of the Facilities

As a first step in this project, one of SBA’s engineers traveled to the two structures in order to obtain information about the schools.  This information was obtained by taking photos of the structural and infrastructural aspects, taking necessary measurements, receiving samples of pipe material and taking detailed notes while conducting the inspection.

The SBA engineer then proceeded to summarize the inspection notes, photos and measurements to form an inspection report, providing Wikwemikong First Nation with three (3) options: 1) demolish the existing buildings and construct two new schools, 2) demolish the existing buildings and construct one ‘super school’, or 3) retrofit the existing buildings with an ultimate goal of constructing new schools in the future.  SBA completed this project according to the requirements of the Ontario Building Code (OBC) and in collaboration with Wikwemikong First Nation, government and non-government agencies. This project has brought the Wikwemikong community one step closer to replacing these aging assets within the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) funding criteria.