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The Lawrence-Midland Project Gets off the Ground

The Lawrence-Midland Project Gets off the Ground

Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, Facility Services

Early in June, the David & Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute and Bendale Business & Technical Institute school communities celebrated the long awaited ground-breaking of the Lawrence-Midland project.  With the digging already underway, the new facility, which will replace both secondary schools, has now become a reality.  

The David & Mary Thomson CI grade 9 band and the Donwood Park Public School choir played and sang for the guests while the Bendale BTI culinary arts students prepared the refreshments.  Many past and present supporters of the project, including school administrators, design and facilities staff and community members, were also on hand to mark this special milestone.   While Chair Robin Pilkey and Trustee David Smith brought greetings, Associate Director Angelos Bacopoulos joined them along with students to dig in for the ceremonial ground-breaking.

The result of years of hard work by many people will be a four-storey facility with state-of-the-art learning spaces for science, music, visual and media arts, construction technology, culinary arts and an urban farm.  With the capacity to accommodate 1509 students, this new school will make a difference for many young people in our city.


“The new facility will benefit the local community, expanding opportunities not just for current students, but for generations to come. I am pleased to see this project getting started and look forward to its opening in 2019,” says local Trustee David Smith.


We look forward to seeing even more familiar faces at the official opening.

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