Toronto, ON, Canada
This new, shared facility is located in the Colonel Samuel Smith Waterfront Park, adjacent to Lake Ontario. This distinctive site is currently undergoing an extensive transformation and adaptive re-use of heritage building structures for cultural, educational, and recreational purposes. A three-storey 130,000 sf secondary school and 20,000 sf community centre have been integrated into one shared facility.
The school is designed to meet the standards set out in the new curriculum for secondary schools and features a high degree of flexibility in all areas. A series of smaller building components or “pods” pinwheel internally around a three-storey student forum. All classrooms have natural light as well as a panoramic view of the park and the campus.
The school, Humber College and the community are all welcome to use the internal teaching spaces. The design also identifies a future aquatic facility and an elementary school to be built within the park (in a joint venture with MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects).
Toronto Catholic District School Board
City of Toronto
.68 acres running track overlap leased from City of Toronto Works Department
3 Storey Facility
Shared-use facility with Board & City
Compact urban-site in park
Theatre Arts/Music Space
Pod-style classroom arrangement
High-performance energy efficiency HVAC ASHRAE 90.1 standards
Sun shades reduce need for and cost of air-conditioned cooling
Ecological restoration using low maintenance native species
Collaborative design process involving clients, users, engaged citizens fosters community stewardship and responsible use of facility and site
Innovative Learning environment Award, Recognized Value, School Construction News
“From psychiatric hospital to educational campus” Albert Warson, Canadian Building Magazine, Feb/Mar 2005