Size: 45,800 SF | Value: $8.1 Million | Completion: 2015 | Location: Pickering, ON
Architecture, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering
The new Father Fenelon Catholic School, located in Pickering, is a two-storey building with accommodations made for future additions on the second floor. The school includes three kindergarten rooms, two special education classrooms, an art classroom, a science classroom, a music room, twelve classrooms, and a library resource centre with space for a computer lab. There is also a double gym with a stage as well as storage and change rooms.
The design of the school is based upon an efficient linear layout, which provides continual passive supervision of student spaces. A large central foyer welcomes students, staff and visitors and is easily monitored by the administrative staff from the adjacent office. “Safe Welcome” systems were also installed to ensure the safety of the students and staff.
The school design has also made consideration for after-hours and weekend use by allowing the classrooms to be locked while access to the gym, change rooms, and lobby are made available. One of the special education / life skills classrooms is also accessible from the front lobby, providing servery facilities.
Unique to this school design is the “pod” concept which encourages collaborative learning. Clusters of classrooms share a “pod”. The pod includes two sinks with bubblers and computer stations and provides students with a shared, interactive space but also centralizes the use of technical resources. Classrooms on the second floor that do not share a centralized pod have been designed to still encourage collaborative learning by providing direct connections to other classrooms.