- ClientSchool District No. 43
- LocationCoquitlam, BC
- Size12,200 sq m
- PhotographerBrit 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.