Victoria High Renovation & Fairey Technical Building


Vic High gets technical.

In September 2011, the new technical addition to Victoria High School opened in conjunction with a new school year. Having been designated as School District 61’s highest seismic risk facility, the old Fairey Technical Wing has been replaced with a brand new facility. HDR | CEI was selected for the $8,500,000 renovation and redevelopment of the Victoria High School heritage building, a 40,000 square foot building constructed in 1914, as well as the replacement of the Fairey Technical Building with a new 57,000 square foot building.

The old Fairey Technical facility was originally located across the field from the Victoria High building. HDR | CEI designed the new Fairey Technical building as an addition to the Victoria High School building, allowing for broader exposure of the technical education programs and facilities to students, staff and parents.

HDR | CEI also designed a student concourse and new school entry in the interstitial space between the Victoria High building and the new Fairey Technical building. The concourse, emphasizes the use of wood, tying in with the Woodworking Shop, and includes exposed glulam beams, exposed wood ceiling deck, and plywood-finished walls at the east end.

The new tech wing gives more than 350 students the opportunity to take courses like wood and metal work, auto mechanics, auto body, carpentry joinery, electronics, jewelry-making and industrial design.

Project Cost



40,054 sq ft


Aug 2011

Sustainable Features

  • Significant use of heavy timber
  • Ample natural light into the interior spaces
  • Reflective roof surfaces which minimize solar heat gain

“This new, state–of-the-art Fairey tech building, with updated equipment and the skilled instructors within, will help prepare new generations of young people for careers in the trades, thereby allowing our students an opportunity to contribute to B.C.'s skilled workforce.”

Tom Ferris

Greater Victoria Board of Education Chair


School District 61


Victoria BC