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Centennial Secondary School

  • Client
    School District No. 43
  • Location
    Coquitlam, BC
  • Size
    12,200 sq m
  • Photographer
    Brit Kwasney Photography


Centennial Secondary School is an 18,000m2 seismic replacement project that involved the construction of a new, 1,250 student school, while retaining one of the existing gyms from the old school. The design team had to contend with an 18.5m-wide pipeline right-of-way that cut diagonally across the site as well as operational continuity requirements for the school, which necessitated a phased construction approach.  

Once new construction was complete, the old school was demolished and a new sports field and parking lot were built on that part of the site. A new school board office was also built at the same location.

There is a major focus on 21st century learning in the new school design. Groups of classrooms form learning communities, while moveable walls allow for flexible learning spaces and student / teacher collaboration.

The library is another key feature, and is situated next to an amphitheatre that can be used for band and choir concerts, and outdoor learning. The school includes a teaching kitchen; shops for metal, automotive, and carpentry; and a 220-seat theatre. A Neighbourhood Learning Centre was also created to facilitate community programming. Sustainable design is incorporated throughout the project, and it achieved LEED® Gold certification.