Arthur Pechey School Expansion
Sask Rivers School Division needed to nearly double the size of Arthur Pechey School, but didn’t have the time - or budget - for a traditional site built expansion.
Sask Rivers School Division (SRSD) is one of the fastest growing school divisions in Saskatchewan. With the launch of a new French immersion program, SRSD needed to nearly double the size of École Arthur Pechey Public School in Prince Albert. Instead of pursuing capital funding, the division applied for relocatable classroom funding and put out an RFP for modular classrooms. However, instead of the typical “off the shelf” classroom, the division wanted the relocatable classrooms to look, feel, and perform like a permanent addition. 3twenty was the successful proponent in the public tender, and began collaborating with aodbt architecture on the expansion of the school.
The project was developed in three phases: Phase 1 included four classrooms that were built in 2016. Phase 2 included six classrooms, and additional gender neutral bathroom, built in 2017. Phase 3 included a multi-purpose room with 16’ interior ceilings, which was added in 2018.
The collaboration between owner, consultants, and local contractors allowed the team to successfully expand the school to accommodate an additional 220 students over a period of three summers.
Interior and exterior architectural finishes were selected to compliment and match the existing school design.
Mechanical system was designed using packaged Roof Top Units to provide efficient climate control for teachers, without investing a lot into controls.
To allow the building to be at grade with the existing school, it sits on a screw pile foundation with a conditioned crawl space.
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“It’s always great to have a good working relationship with companies, and that came out very early. The other thing about working with companies like 3twenty, is that in addition to establishing a business relationship, if you’re lucky, you can also foster a friendship, and we’ve done that.” - Mike Hurd, Superintendent of Facilities