Toronto, ON, Canada
In developing a design for this replacement school, our recommended design approach realizes a denser and more compact ‘superblock’ configuration, maximizing stacking in a building more than two-storeys in height.
The ‘superblock’ building type characteristically suggests orthogonal forms with no curves or ‘faceted’ curves. The ‘superblock’ concept, as a point of departure, suggests a basic education building as a single volume incorporating all necessary teaching spaces and supporting amenities, with the option for a separate wing for the gymnasium/health program.
All teaching/instructional rooms will be provided with access to natural daylighting using windows or clerestory windows. Service spaces and certain academic teaching spaces (such as theatre arts) will be situated at the core of the building with the majority of teaching spaces wrapped around them.
This consolidation of building form into a more densely packed program will result in efficiencies in terms of the Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing systems and a more efficient building envelope. This also has a favourable benefit to lower operating and energy costs.
Toronto District School Board
Secondary School Redevelopment
Sustainable Design Features
• Designed to “Green School” Best Practices
• Environmental & Financial Sustainability
• Energy Conservation -target 30% reduction in energy & water
• Energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems
• Higher insulation for walls/roofs
• High efficiency plumbing fixtures
• Abundant natural light, access to views, thermal control
• Lighting controls and sensors, good acoustics
• Specifying local and recycled materials
• Ensure high indoor environmental quality & monitoring
• Green the Site -Promoting Environmental Stewardship