The new Junior-High School for the Saanich Indian School Board is the latest facility constructed on the very busy educational campus serving the Saanich people of the Tsartlip, Tsawout, Pauquachin and Tseycum communities. The building was conceived in close cooperation with the users and includes general and specialised classrooms, all designed to be flexible and offer a variety of uses.
Building forms and roofs are designed to reflect the traditional plank house, but also to assist with displacement ventilation and daylighting. The choice of a post and beam / wood frame structural system as well as cedar siding was made to maximize the use of wood and encourage local supply. Sustainable features include: generous natural light, high performance envelope, low VOC materials, efficient mechanical system with radiant floor heating and displacement ventilation, and natural landscaping. Building performance exceeds the requirements of the MNECB by 40%.
The project was built by members of the local First Nation communities, contributing $1.5M to local employment and training, including 61,000 man hours of employment.