We have officially dug ground after having received a foundation permit from the city of Abbotsford!

Although not the full building permit (expected soon), we are grateful to have been able to start the project—beyond some of the renos that we did this summer. On the first day of the digging, there were many students and staff looking out the window as their classrooms were shaking, a few even wondered about going into our earthquake drill protocols! They weren’t complaining though, nobody was. We have started, and this is definitely an answer to prayer!

With the reality of finally getting started, new timelines are being worked on and sharpened to the point where we can soon communicate this to the broader community. At this point, it has become clear to us that being finished with the project is no longer possible by the Fall of 2020, and a more realistic end date is Fall of 2021. Again—a more detailed timeline will be forthcoming.


  • Construction will mostly be focused on the back of the school site behind the secondary gymnasium. This is where we will be constructing the new middle school classroom wing (7 new classrooms). As many of you know, we have been planning for the grade 5s to transition to the middle school for the beginning of the 2020 school year, and as such we need these classrooms completed as soon as possible.
  • There will be a few other learning spaces at the secondary campus minimally impacted during the first few months of construction, and everyone who this effects has been communicated with.
  • Our design team will continue to meet to make decisions on carpets, flooring, paint colours etc.
  • Fricia Construction will continue to manage the project as many trades begin to come to our campus and do their work.

Student safety is of primary concern for Fricia Construction and they have been extremely accommodating in working with us in this regard. We have set up procedures such as requiring construction workers to wear badges identifying themselves on campus, and ensuring they understand all crisis management procedures at the school.

Thanks again for your prayers and support. We continue to celebrate this project as a community project, and have appreciated the many levels of support we continue to receive here at This Square Inch.

If you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch.

Julius Siebenga, Executive Director  
Steve Atsma, TSI Project Coordinator