Jean Vanier Catholic Elementary School
Location: Brantford, ON
This new school was built in an established neighbourhood on the site of an existing elementary school. The children remained in the old school building until the new school was constructed. The old school was demolished and playfields developed in its footprint. The new school is a dual track school – amalgamating two existing schools, one being french immersion, under one roof.
The school board mandated that the design incorporate sustainable design and energy efficiency features. The building has been EE4 energy modelled as developed by NR Canada. The school is 44% more energy efficient that MNECB.
With the amalgamation of two schools, user group involvement (principals, school councils, teachers) played an important role in the schematic design stage.