Sask Rivers School Division (SRSD) engaged 3twenty to add a total of 10 classrooms to Arthur Pechey School in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, the division asked us if we could prefabricate a multi-purpose room to be used primarily as a gymnasium. We had never built a single module this big, but we were up for the challenge.
We started out by touring SRSD’s existing schools with multi-purpose rooms to understand the overall needs of the students and the space – height, natural light, durability. Our research and collaboration resulted in a single module that was 30’ wide by 60’ long, and 18’ tall. The structure was designed using an open truss ceiling, to provide 16’ interior clear space for student activities. We integrated clerestory windows to bring natural light in the space. Instead of block wall construction often used in gymnasium spaces, we utilized MDF on the lower third of the walls – a more cost-effective option to provide durability.
The unit built in our shop in Saskatoon was transported as a single module to Prince Albert, and placed on the foundation, with tie-ins to the existing expansion shortly after.
16’ of clear height, from top of floor to underside of truss
Interior and exterior architectural finishes were selected to compliment and match the existing school design and recent expansion.
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“The kids came back from Christmas break and they had a new gym. It worked out great. It’s a great concept.” - Mike Hurd, Superintendent of Facilities