HTCHS shares a site with a Junior High in the Timberlea subdivision. During design, materials, detailing, siting and vehicle circulation were explored, starting with the evaluation of a comparable school. Spaces that functioned well were incorporated however since Holy Trinity is a Senior High some specialized functions were added that required development of new, detailed room data sheets.
Accommodating 1100 students plus parking for a Senior High would absorb much of the land. A 2-storey design was developed that allows for future expansion. The “black box theatre” is a valuable amenity for the school and the community – adaptable for professional productions to hosting a variety of events. Numerous features help reduce capital, operating and energy costs while providing long-term durability.
The remoteness of Fort McMurray and a tight labor market were considered. Pre-cast concrete panels reduce on-site labor and “season-proof” construction, mitigating winter conditions. Daylighting was optimized for energy use and psychological wellness.
An innovative ACI-designed, panelized system with lighting allows the school to change colours – evoking the Aurora Borealis. Panels and lighting were integrated in the building exterior to offset finish costs.
ACI met the scope expectations and supported the cost sharing agreements of four stakeholders: the Fort McMurray Catholic Board of Education, the theatre’s Funding Sponsor – Suncor, plus AB Education and AB Infrastructure.