For schools to be effective in educating our youth, the community around them must rally to help them succeed. Grande Prairie needed a school where students could learn in a modern and sustainable environment. They also required a space for the community to use for public events outside of regular school hours. Our integrated team of architects and engineers would set out to help them make it happen.
The Grande Prairie K-8 Public School will be a newly constructed facility for elementary and middle-school classes, with a core capacity of 350 students and a build-out for 600. To help us fully understand the objectives of the new school, we held a visioning session with the school district to determine all educational and community needs. The result? A welcoming, easy to use, and flexible facility for both school and community activities.
We used the opportunity to change two modular classrooms into two permanent classrooms, expand the allowable gym space, and create a warm, welcoming entryway. The school features a sloped canopy supported by glulam columns that clearly establishes the main entrance and provides a safe and sheltered space for staff and students to gather and thrive.