Sexsmith, Alberta


Alberta Infrastructure/Peace Wapiti Public School


3,442 m2


$18.1 million


April 2016

The original Robert W. Zahara Public School was built in 1978 and was at capacity when the government and school district agreed to build a larger replacement school in the same location.
The new school is designed to accommodate 550 students and features spacious classrooms, a music room that opens up to create a performance stage and a learning commons that is naturally lit by floor-to-ceiling windows. Other special features include an oversize gymnasium, dedicated speech therapy and occupational therapy rooms, a server and a well-equipped playground. The project also included the addition of 10 modular classrooms. The school further engaged JEN COL Construction on work with their greenhouse, playground equipment and other requirements.
Robert W. Zahara Public School successfully achieved LEED® Silver Certification. The design of the school involved many energy-saving features including daylight sensors, motion sensors and LED lighting in some spaces. 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.

Delivery Method



ACI Architects


Williams Engineering


JO Engineering


Williams Engineering