Sullivan Heights Secondary School Addition
The Sullivan Heights Secondary School project is a 700 students addition to the existing 1000 students school. The new building will not only help relieve enrollment pressures in the existing facility, but also align with 21st century learning objectives by creating a fluid, interconnected, creative and collaborative project based environment.
The addition plan is organized around five Learning Communities located on three levels, each sharing a common project space to encourage collaboration and flexible, personalized learning to support current curriculum objectives. The Learning Communities are supported by additional educational components including:
- breakout spaces
- education preparation areas
- lifestyle labs
- a science super lab
- large multipurpose spaces, which can be used by the community after hours
- a group of maker, industrial education and computer labs organized to maximize collaboration and innovation
The site presented several unique constraints such as an existing creek that required environmental protection, dramatic site elevation conditions, an existing sports field, maintaining existing parking and existing school exiting. These conditions influenced the character and technical design decisions of the new addition. The approach to these challenges created a 4-storey, compact layout which minimized the amount of corridor and circulation space allowing for the main objective of interconnected and fluid environment to be created.