Pre-K to 12 Education

Southern Okanagan Secondary

Project Stats

Type: Addition/Renovation
Client: SD No. 53, Okanagan-Similkameen
Location: Oliver, BC
Size: Existing - 10,270 m2, New - 2,743 m2, Renovation - 5,269 m2
Project Delivery: Design-Bid-Build

This complex phased project began as a two phase feasibility study which consisted of partial demolition, a new addition (gymnasium related space, science superlab and classrooms, multi-purpose student commons space), retention of an existing gym, renovations of the existing Tech Ed Building, and renovations to the 1948 Art Deco wood frame main building and 600 seat community theatre. Tragically, in September 2011 the 1948 portion burnt entirely to the ground, leaving only the new addition, existing gym and Tech Ed Building. The revised project scope includes a 395 seat community theatre, and additional Neighbourhoods of Learning components including a daycare, and community service offices. Designed in association with CEI Architecture.

Photographer:Ed White Photographic


2014 SICA Commercial Building "Judges Choice-Award of Excellence" for Community Facilities

2012 Fortis BC PowerSense Conservation Excellence Award

2015 Wood WORKS! BC Interior Beauty Design Award

Project Highlights

School is constructed to LEED Gold standard non-combustible building with timber components and wood finishes;
Exterior canopies are timber framed with large glued laminated beams and covered with cross laminated timber panels or fir decking;
Installed geothermal system services both the high school and the adjacent elementary school;
Typical classroom features occupancy light sensor, daylight sensors and an HMI (human machine interface) flush flat touch-screen panel located behind the teacher's desk for controlling lighting once in the room;
NLC facility on school ground which provides daycare, learning access and counseling space;
Pedestrian oriented circulation system with grand boulevard connection to main entry of school;
Gathering place-oriented plaza adjacent to community theatre;
Central courtyard with trellis-shaded, sunken amphitheatre for outdoor concerts and events.
Two alternate energy sources for student education: Solar Power and wind Power.

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