Size: 57,490 SF | Value: $9 Million | Location: Brampton, ON
Architecture, Civil Engineering, Cost Estimating, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering
WalterFedy was retained by the Dufferin-Peel Catholic DSB to provide architectural and engineering services to design a new elementary school in the Credit Valley area of Brampton.
The two-storey school is designed for JK to Grade 8. The total floor area is 57,490 sq. ft. with a pupils’ load of 553. The school accommodates 17 classrooms, including: a special education classroom; five kindergarten classrooms; library resource centre including a computer lab and library seminar room; a science classroom; and a double gym and administration area. Civil and landscaping scope include parking, grading, playground, and site services.
The main entrance is very well defined by being situated below the library overhang. It leads to a two-storey atrium that is connected directly to the main office. The atrium provides a central gathering space that facilitates supervision of all the corridors.
In addition, the site design allows for a future two-storey six classroom addition, including an area for up to six portable classrooms to accommodate temporary enrolment fluctuations.
With a proposed budget of $9 million, construction began in September 2012, with substantial completion in August 2013.
The school design was developed to accommodate a complex and well defined school program. Solar orientation, circulation, and function are the major drivers of the design. The building is designed based on an efficient yet practical “L” shape layout; the majority of the classrooms face south. With its large windows and metal cladding, the library cantilevers out from the south-facing corner and forms an anchor and a visual focal point.