Mar Jok Elementary School

Client: School District No. 23 (Central Okanagan)
Location: West Kelowna, BC

This project consists of the construction of a new 460 student elementary school and Neighbourhood Learning Centre component in West Kelowna.

At approximately 3,935 square meters, this project represents a broad departure from the standard arrangement of classrooms along a locker-lined corridor.

There are 19 classrooms, subdivided into four groups, located around four project areas and associated resource spaces. Learning spaces vary in shape, size, function and character.

They are intended for collaboration, hands-on learning through activity, and experimentation alongside traditional instruction. There is natural and artificial lighting, informal spaces such as niches and nodes, as well as outdoor learning spaces. The design acknowledges different learning styles, and accommodates and supports the delivery of differentiated instructional methodologies.

Common use areas including the gym, multi-purpose room, and three kindergartens are located on the main floor level near the front of the school.

The school is constructed of concrete slab-on-grade, suspended concrete slabs, concrete shear walls, steel stud framing at exterior walls, wood infill walls, gluelam structure and tilt-up concrete at the gymnasium and multi-purpose room. The roof structure is comprised of glulam beams and columns, with acoustic metal decks and bitumen roofing over the entire facility.