Aleda Patterson School

Project Details

AREA 3,676 m²

The new Aleda Patterson School will be a welcome addition to the
Meadowlark Park community, providing room for 600 new grades K-3
students. The project is unique for its namesake who was instrumental
in establishing the Personal Development Centre, now known as The
Support Network. She was also the founder of the Edmonton ABC Head
Start program. The idea for ABC Head Start came to Patterson when
she was living in Colorado. AP is also unique in the sense that its grade
structure is only K-3, complementing the Alex Janvier 4-9 School only
5 blocks away. The K-3 structure allows the little kids to “be kids”. Secondly,
the project is also unique in its utilization of an Integrated Project
Delivery (IPD) process combined with a strong desire to anchor the
school in 21st Century learning and design principles. These two priorities
have led to an efficient and rich design approach rooted in collaboration
and team coordination which has allowed for both Alex Janvier
4-9 and the Aleda Patterson K-3 to be designed and completed in tandem.

As a 21st Century learning school, it was crucial that the team develop
a program and floor plan for the school that utilized the areas allocated
by the provincial grant agreement in a manner that reflected a 21st
Century approach. Led by the architectural team, several workshops,
seminars, and Big Room meetings were held by the IPD team to establish
a floor plan that met the needs of EPSB in a new, collaborative way.
The IPD process further enriched this progression by allowing structural,
mechanical and electrical components to be incorporated early on,
leading to a stronger and more efficient design approach.

The final school design incorporates a vast amount of natural light,
while also allowing a large portion of open collaborative spaces. The
interior design incorporates multiple openings to accommodate a FUN
flow from classroom to learning commons spaces through a curvilinear
space which is a fun movement area for the 4-8 year olds in the school.
This integrates the 21st century style