Edgewood Elementary School
Thinkspace was retained by the Surrey School District to complete three elementary schools: Douglas, Maddaugh Road, and Edgewood. Each of the three schools share a fundamentally similar design, which was significantly influenced by the Thinkspace-designed Mar Jok Elementary School in West Kelowna.
These new kindergarten to Grade 7 schools address existing and future accommodation projections within three growing communities in Surrey. Each school was also approved with a 15% area allowance for a Neighborhood Learning Centre.
Each school was designed to achieve provincial government policy priorities, including LEED® NC 2004 Gold equivalent standards, and to maximize the use of wood in accordance with the Wood First Act. They were completed under a design / bid / build procurement.
Like the other schools, Edgewood features a welcoming two-storey entrance through a foyer, connecting front main entrance, parking and student drop-off with student play and sports field programs; community use spaces (gymnasium, multi-purpose room and meeting space) that are separated from student education spaces for sound attenuation and after-hours community use; classrooms subdivided into learning neighborhoods with each neighborhood located around a shared project space with direct views and access to exterior play areas; fully glazed sliding walls opening to a shared project space in each classroom, to acknowledge different learning styles and support the delivery of differentiated instructional methodologies.