The new Ecole au coeur de l’Ile school is a 4,000 m2 K-12 school for a population of 380 students, with expansion capabilities. This project involves the use of an existing site with need for demolition and salvage of existing timber for re-use in new building.
The project has LEED Gold certification. The project is develped to be a cutting edge learning environment by day, and function as a hub for the local francophone community by night. The school draws student from around the region and provides learning spaces that are designed to respond to 21st centruy learning principals.
Developed to respond to 21st century learning principles, the school is organized around four separate pods each containing a variety of learning spaces, project rooms, meeting rooms, student tech areas, teacher prep areas and enhanced corridors acting as both corridors and learning commons. The school is also developed to respond to community needs and will allow a variety of uses, including performances in the multi-purpose gymnasium. The design incorporates both indoor and outdoor spaces to enhance the teaching environment and strengthen the community use potential. Sustainable strategies include natural ventilation, daylighting, geoexchange energy, rain-water harvesting and reclaimed wood elements.
The project was recipient of a WoodWorks Design Award in 2012.