Alex Janvier School

Project Details

IPD New Build Replacement School
AREA 6,399 m²

The new Alex Janvier School will be a welcome addition to the Glen-wood
community, providing room for 900 new grades 4-9 students. The
project is unique first in its namesake who is of Denesuline descent
with the Cold Lake First Nations. He is a member of what’s commonly
referred to as the Indian Group of Seven and paints both the challenges
and celebrations that he has encountered in his lifetime. 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 Aleda Paterson
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 fluid
flow from classroom to learning commons spaces. This integrates the
21st century style.