Brantford Elementary School

Client: School District No. 41 (Burnaby)
Location: Burnaby, BC

Thinkspace was retained by School District No. 41 to assist in the preparation of a phase two feasibility study for a seismic upgrade and an addition to the existing school.

Project risks were investigated in depth, including site topography, soil conditions, hazardous materials, and regulatory conditions including building code and zoning bylaw compliance. Project cost estimates included escalation risks and value analysis, scheduling, and project management issues.

The existing school was a post-and-beam structure with unreinforced masonry partition and infill walls. The roof structure was tongue-and-groove wood decking.

Constructing the addition first accommodated the school population, which shifted from the existing building. Assessment of design alterations found that replacement of the exterior masonry was the most cost-effective measure. Interior sheer walls were tied to the foundation through the existing crawl space. The roof diaphragm was reinforced with plywood sheeting.

These measures, together with mechanical and electrical upgrades, contributed to a 39% saving in energy use related to the MNECB. Innovative credits were obtained by achieving 100% day lighting in the building and developing an educational outreach program to highlight the green building features. The building is LEED® Gold certified.