Janet Metcalfe Public School

Waterloo Region District School Board

Size: 71,000 SF | Value: $13.7 Million | Completion: 2019 | Location: Kitchener, ON

Architecture, Electrical Engineering, Interior Design, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering

In a burgeoning neighborhood in Kitchener’s south-end sits a newly erected public school, designed to meet the needs of its increasingly diverse community. With programming from junior kindergarten to Grade 8, the two-story facility includes 20 classrooms, two special education rooms, five kindergarten rooms, an administration center, library, technology classroom, and double gymnasium. Home to a specialty program for medically fragile students, the design includes space to accommodate the needs of eight children with medical needs, their caregivers, and teachers, ensuring equal access to education. The site also hosts a 6,800 sf daycare facility. 

WalterFedy, an integrated architecture and engineering firm provided full-service design. The building sits across from a preserved remnant of Carolinian forest that inspired building materials used, including clay brick, stone, glass, and wood. 
Soaring windows flood spaces with natural light, and delight occupants with views of the conservation area. Wood finishes and natural colors, accompanied by dashes of color for wayfinding, allow students to move through the space with purpose. The playful green in the Library emulates the landscape of the Waterloo Region, while exposed ceilings, modern fixtures, and glass align with the modern feel of the booming tech industry in the area.

 

This project was recognized by LEARNING BY DESIGN in 2020 as an Outstanding Project.

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