Douglas Park Elementary School

The building's exterior and interior design are all based on the project's signature theme; 'A SCHOOL IN THE PARK'. A playful composition of colourful wall panels, brick, and windows give the school an overall bright, natural feeling. The varying sizes of the exterior glazing dance along the fa├žade like a stand of trees in a forest. The glulam wood trellises, canopies and both exterior and interior columns provide a further connection to the forest and natural elements. The heart of the school, the Central Commons, boasts a 2 storey space, flanked by glulam wood columns and ample natural light. The most interesting acoustic treatment, located in this space, is the scattered green ‘leaves’ (acoustic panels) hanging from the ceiling. They add whimsy to the space and portray the feeling of sitting under a canopy of trees. Flooring also played a huge role in carrying our theme through the interiors of the building. The Shaw “diffuse” carpet in a green colour used throughout the school, was a perfect pattern to reflect a park-like setting. Scattered inserts of Shaw’s “gradient” tile were used as well, to mimic fallen leaves. There were 2-3 colours used distinctly in each of the separate areas of the school, helping to distinguish between grade levels. Not only did the shaw carpet provide us with a beautiful design, but it also speaks to all of the sustainable strategies implemented on the project. Its cradle to cradle certification, recycled content and low VOC’s made it a perfect choice.

Douglas Park Elementary School is a 50,000 square foot K-8 school . Lead by Fielding Nair International in the educational and schematic planning phases of the project, Number TEN Architectural Group was architect of record and took the lead in the detailed development of the design. Key project objectives and mandates include: - Flexible teaching arrangements & instructional groupings - Teacher collaboration - Interdisciplinary and inquiry based teaching and learning - Inclusive practices To meet these objectives, the design incorporates three Personal Learning Communities; (PLC's) that function as clusters of approximately 125 students - PLC 1 (Pre-K to grade 2), PLC 2 (grades 3-5) and PLC 3 (grades 6-8). Each PLC contains instructional spaces adjacent to its own open learning commons and includes washrooms, kitchen, professional teacher collaboration space and smaller break-out rooms. Each PLC connects to the central all-school commons that functions as a multifunctional space, equally suited for uses ranging from Community events and formal presentations to a gathering or instructional space. Large overhead doors and mobile furnishings allow educators to open up adjacent learning spaces for increased flexibility. Glazing between learning environments also allows for students and staff to feel connected to each other, fostering a sense of community. The design of the new Douglas Park School is targeted to achieve LEED Silver Certification and incorporates many sustainable design solutions. The final design has resulted in an innovative school community. It has been built for 21st century learners, and is the first of its kind in Canada.

Location

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Design Firm

Number Ten Architectural Group

Segment(s)

Education
  • K-12
  • Collection

    Shade

    gradient tile

    Awards/Certifications

    2013 Design Award Market Winner

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