Introducing 21st century learning principals while honoring the historical context
Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord received government funding to complete a $15 million dollar rebuild of the deteriorating École Joseph-Moreau (EJM) School. The replacement EJM school will be located on the same site as the existing, and currently operational, EJM School (which also includes the condemned 1913 Ritchie School).
Along with our sub-consultants, we designed a new, 500-student capacity school. Initial stakeholder consultation identified modern learning principles, natural light, historical context acknowledgement, and integration into the neighborhood’s urban fabric as priorities. The architectural design solution balances with the contemporary feel of a neighborhood full of urban infill projects, while subtly honoring the 1913 school through pattern and scale. We also developed a new site layout including sports fields, play areas, parking lots, and drop off loops that safely separate foot and vehicular traffic as well as a demolition plan to consider construction noise and access restrictions for current students.
The project is scheduled to be finished construction by 2020 and will serve many future students and become a year-round gathering spot for many joint-use agreements and sports field programs. The project’s design includes $750,000 worth of photovoltaics and is targeting LEED® v.4 requirement.
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