Sir Arthur Currie Public School
This new Elementary School, Child Care Centre and Family Centre is located to serve the expanding residential neighbourhoods in northwest London. The two-storey building includes Kindergarten and Grades 1-8 classrooms, a General Arts Room, a Gymnasium/Activity Room and a Learning Commons, as well as an Administration area. Common spaces, such as the Main Office, Learning Commons, and Gymnasium/ Activity Room are organized around a double height entrance/atrium space. The Kindergarten Classrooms and a new Child Care Centre are located at the ground level with easy access to the designated exterior play areas. The Family Centre, a provincial/ municipal initiative, incorporates both large and small Multi-Purpose rooms, a Consultation Room, a Resource Room and support spaces. The Family Centre and Child Care Centre utilize a shared entrance to provide a separately controlled access point from the school; however, controlled internal access between all three functions is provided to facilitate collaborative opportunities. Sustainable design initiatives include increased building envelope performance, low flow plumbing fixtures, implementation of daylight/lighting controls, low VOC content building materials, and strong, durable, locally sourced materials.
St. John's Catholic Elementary School
St. John Catholic Elementary French Immersion School and Child Care Centre is located in a newly developed neighbourhood in the northwest area of London. All common and primary classroom spaces are located on the Ground Floor of the school, including the Gymnasium, the Learning Commons and the Administration Area, which are organized around a double height entry/atrium space. The Learning Commons is designed to open into the Atrium enabling the two spaces to accommodate larger functions. The building has been designed with a particular focus on maintenance and durability, as well as the ability to allow for future expansion with minimal disruption to the building in the future. Sustainability features include increased building envelope performance, low-flow plumbing fixtures, LED lighting, responsive building operating systems, low VOC materials and drought tolerant native vegetation. Energy modelling has indicated that this building should out-perform the M NEBC and ASHRAE 90.1 standards for new buildings by 25%.
Aldborough Public School
The addition and alterations to Aldborough Public School in Rodney, Ontario provides the school with a one and a half storey high addition on the north side of the existing single storey structure and a one storey Kindergarten addition off the southwest corner. The north addition creates a new entrance that leads into an interior communal gathering area which connects the new General Office, Gymnasium, Activity Room, General Arts Room and circulation corridor of the existing school. From the street, the north addition provides the building with an increased sense of scale and the main entrance is clearly defined by a linear canopy that links single storey and one and a half storey massing of the new addition. New window upgrades mimic the architectural language of the addition which allows the new addition to be seamlessly integrated into the existing building, blending the old and the new to create a unified school.
West Oaks French Immersion Public School
West Oaks French Immersion Public School located on 1050 Plantation Road in London, Ontario, recently underwent a 3,000sq.m. addition and renovation project to accommodate the needs of the growing student population. Upgrades were done in the classrooms of the existing single storey structure and a new two storey addition was built east of the existing school to provide a new Gymnasium, Activity Room, Learning Commons and nine new Classrooms. The location of the addition responds to program requirements and the massing has been designed to transition from the existing one storey building to the new two storey addition. The exterior façade consists of a rhythm of glazed openings and the material palette was specifically selected to complement the existing building. While a new understated entrance was provided into the addition, the existing entrance was renewed with a pronounced entrance canopy, serving to better identify it as the main entrance.
St. Patrick's Catholic High School
The St. Patrick’s Catholic Secondary School, located on The Rapids Way in Sarnia Ontario, amalgamates two catholic secondary schools into one facility through an addition and renovation to the previous St. Christopher Catholic High School. The addition, completed on the south end of the existing facility, consists of standard and science classrooms as well as specialized cosmetology and health sciences technology classrooms. The renovation component was extensive, including combining the existing Cafeteria and Theatre Arts rooms into an expanded Cafeteria, and infilling the existing Library to include the new Theatre Arts on the ground floor with a new Learning Commons on the second floor. The inclusion of the Theatre Arts on the ground floor necessitated a tiered ceiling in order to gain the required height at the stage. The tiered floor in the Learning Commons above served as a natural division of space for quiet individual study and collaborative group work to co-exist in the same space while minimizing noise disruption. The result is a dynamic coupling of separate yet complimentary programmatic needs. Renovations to the main entrance and the addition of a main stair in the atrium added the final touches to improve way-finding while providing a renewed image to facility for what is now the only Catholic High School in Sarnia.
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June Rose Callwood Public School
June Rose Callwood Public School was a single storey building with an understated front entrance and limited visibility from the street. The new two-storey addition provides the building with a sense of scale and street address, and a new open atrium serves as the hinge between the old and new portions of the school. This project involved interior renovations of the existing Gymnasium into a new Library as well as the addition of a new Front Entrance, Gymnasium, Activity Room, and Classrooms.