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Nechako Valley Secondary School Renovation

KMBR was asked to take seven traditionally organized classrooms at Nechako Valley Secondary School and repurpose them as a 21st century learning environment in order to create a distinct community of grade 7 and 8 students within the existing school.  The proposed plan opens the exterior walls with new windows to bring in a greater amount of light and spaces are reorganized into various sizes to include classrooms with operable partitions between rooms and corridors, breakout rooms, a teacher collaboration room, open collaboration spaces, and several “knowledge nooks”.  This reorganization and redistribution of space allows educators to work with students in a variety of scenarios: one-on-one, in small groups, as combined classes (co-teaching), or in the traditional classroom style.  The aim of the design is to create a bright, vibrant and spacious 21st century learning environment where younger students feel safe, comfortable, and thrive in their transition years between elementary and secondary school.

Project Stats

  • Client: School District No. 91, Nechako Lakes
  • Location: Vanderhoof, BC
  • Size: 1,029 sq.m.
  • Project Type: Renovation
  • Project Delivery: Fast-tracked - Construction Management

I feel truly blessed to work in this great space. From an administrators perspective, it makes learning very transparent. It is a space that requires staff and students to work as a community of learners.”

Denise Dowswell Administrator School District No. 91 - Nechako Lakes