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Charles Dickens Elementary School

Vancouver School Board’s first green elementary school connects the community

Vancouver, British Columbia

Charles Dickens Elementary School, the new 24 classroom facility serves two purposes – educating students and strengthening community connections. The new green building includes educational facilities you’ll find in other primary schools, such as a library, classrooms, special education rooms, commons, cafeteria, and more. However, it also includes special program elements such as a gymnasium that is also designed as a post-disaster facility, multi-purpose room, and commons area, which are available for after-hours community use.

Neighborhood connections are further strengthened by engaging and educating others regarding the building’s sustainable design. This is demonstrated in a building tour program that is run by the students, a facilities department that monitors the building performance through a network DDC control system, public open houses, as well as community gardens and public space on site that promotes sustainable goals through passive means. A building website encourages further community outreach.

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