Maple Reinders was awarded the contract to design, bid, and build the Griffith Woods School, for grades K-9. Nearby Griffith Woods Park, after which the school was named, inspired the design including elements like the playing fields and the trail.
A two-storey eastern section contains classrooms and administrative areas and the two and a half-storey western section contains the gym and more classrooms. A highlight of the open concept design is the feature staircase which uses cross-laminated timber, glulam beams, curved linear wood ceilings, linear wood walls, glass guardrail, stainless steel handrail and a graphic mural.
Other innovative features include flexible classrooms with operable walls to enable reconfiguration of the spaces as children’s learning needs evolve, as well as collaboration spaces for teachers and students alike.
H.S. Grenda Middle School accommodates 600 students for the District of Lake Country. The modern three-storey middle school consists of open Learning Studios complete with overhead operational doors which connect to adjacent outside spaces creating a multi-user learning studio.
The construction of the school took place while the existing Westbrook School (built in 1953) was in use for an entire school year. The contract included abatement and demolition of the existing school which was undertaken during the summer break.
Maple Reinders was contracted to Design-Bid-Build a 35,000 SF curvilinear building, which included operable windows, a raised access floor with personal air control devices, flow-through air pattern circulation; as well as warm and inviting interior finishes to add to the level of human comfort for occupants.
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