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Sullivan Heights Secondary School Addition

  • Client
    School District No. 36 (Surrey)
  • Location
    Surrey, BC
  • Completion


Sullivan Heights Secondary School is a 700-student addition to an existing 1,000-student school. The new building will help relieve enrollment pressures in the existing facility, as well as align it with 21st century learning objectives by creating a fluid, interconnected, and creative project-based environment.

The addition is organized around five learning communities on three levels, each sharing a common project space to encourage collaboration and flexible, personalized learning. Learning communities are supported by additional educational components including breakout spaces; education preparation areas; lifestyle labs; a science super lab; large multi-purpose spaces that can be used by the community after hours; and a group of maker, industrial education, and computer labs organized to maximize collaboration and innovation.

There were several unique site constraints on the project, such as an existing creek that required environmental protection, dramatic elevation changes, an existing sports field, requirements to maintain existing parking and school exiting, and operational continuity.

These conditions influenced the character and technical design decisions for the new addition. They led to the design of a four-storey, compact layout that minimized the amount of corridor and circulation space, allowing for the main objective of interconnected and fluid environment to be achieved.