Centennial Secondary School

Client: School District No. 43
Location: Coquitlam, BC

This 12,200 sq. m. secondary school, with room for 1,250 students, replaced the old school building while retaining one of the existing gyms.

The new school has a major focus on 21st century learning. Groups of classrooms form learning communities with moveable walls that allow for flexible learning spaces and student / teacher collaboration.

The library is a key feature for the new school, 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 with a larger backstage than the old space.

Unique features of the project include:
  • spaces designed for individualized support, collaborative groups, small learning communities, personal learning and reflection, and social learning
  • a variety of learning and teaching styles are supported
  • natural lighting, temperature control, ventilation and acoustics are optimized
  • there are provisions for outdoor learning and physical activities
  • the building’s design invites community participation (theatre, music, art, community gym)
  • there are spaces to support community enhancements to the educational programs
  • the design establishes an appropriate civic presence for the school in its neighbourhood
  • materials, massing, siting, and elevations contribute to an inspiring and coherent design (externally and internally)
  • the building incorporates and visibly demonstrates sustainable design concepts