In response to Airdrie’s explosive growth, JEN COL Construction was hired to build a new 400-student kindergarten to Grade 12 Francophone school in the city’s King’s Heights community. At the time, student instruction was held in portable classrooms and they were being bussed to another school to use their gymnasium facilities, so the need for a new school was immense.
The core building includes a large gymnasium, two Career and Technology Studies (CTS) labs, a science lab and a performance stage which serves a dual purpose as a place for after-hours performances as well as the music classroom for day-to-day operations. One of the CTS classrooms is designed for the school’s Mechanics Program where students can work on vehicles inside the building. A large garage door and increased ventilation were also incorporated. The learning commons for the school features a two-storey design with full height glazing to allow maximum natural light into the space. This project also included the installation of two new modular units and the relocation of four other units.
École francophone d’Airdrie was built using the Design-Build delivery method and successfully achieved LEED® Silver Certification. Canada Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design New Construction (LEED-NC) Silver-rating-certified buildings reduce waste, conserve energy, decrease water consumption and drive innovation through better air ventilation, more natural daylight and several other innovative techniques.
ACI Architects Inc.