This new school is one of a package of three new K-9 Edmonton Public Schools. With a combined budget of 55 million dollars, the schools accommodate over 900 students each. EPS selected a single core school model to serve all three for planning efficiency. Moving the three schools forward simultaneously presented a challenge in keeping three user groups moving at the same pace so that decisions could be made at the same point in each project’s timeline. Even though layout of the schools remains fundamentally the same based on a strict allotted floor area, ACI worked to provide each with distinct interior and exterior identities, while replicating construction details across all buildings to expedite completion of the tender packages.
Jan Reimer School, located in the Orchards community in southeast Edmonton, reflects the contemporary and often colourful architecture found in the surrounding area. The exterior is engaging and attractive with a combination of vibrant coloured panels, unique window mullions and combination of materials. The interior is a direct reflection of the vibrance shown on the exterior and is brought in through colourful carpet tiles, lighting and large-scale artwork.
The intent of this project was to create an engaging learning environment for students and teachers alike, while keeping the schools on time and on budget. Great care was taken to collaborate fully with our client, Edmonton Public Schools, to present the best option that reflects their vision for the future of education facilities within the City.
The same team of sub-consultants were utilized for Granville and Allard schools. Structured communication and documentation processes were implemented, and frequent internal consultant coordination meetings were held. Because the neighbourhoods were so new, joint planning meetings were held with architectural, civil, landscape, developer, City of Edmonton, and EPS.