Highlands School Modernization

Project Details

DESIGN START Oct 2018
CONSTRUCTION START Sep 2019
COMPLETION Jun 2021
ORIGINAL BUDGET $22.2 M
FINAL CONSTRUCTION COST $23.2 M

Major modernization of the existing 1912 portion of the School, which includes
mechanical and electrical system replacements and upgrades,
sprinklering the entire building, programmatic renovations and alterations
of spaces. It also includes a new building addition with new programmatic
spaces and a new Gymnasium; new parking lot and drop off loop off 118th
Avenue and new staff parking lot and related site work.

The proposed modernization and addition of Highlands K-9 School consists
of a modernization to the main and second floors of the original 1914 building
together with the demolish and replacement of the 1954 addition with a two
storey building. The two-storey concept allows for the accommodation of
the desired student capacity within an efficient footprint. The new building
will connect to the existing by way of strategically placed stairs and ramps
to overcome height differentials with a new elevator incorporated into the
design to meet current accessibility requirements. The building is being de-signed
to target a LEED Silver rating.

A pile / grade beam foundation system is allowed for the addition, with a
structural steel framework. The exterior finishes will consist of a combination
of different wall finishes and curtain wall. The design incorporates the
use of aluminum windows and clerestories for interior natural day lighting
and layout flexibility.

The existing building will undergo a complete mechanical and electrical
services upgrade with associated finishes upgrades with only code requirement
related work to the basement area. There will be minimal changes to
the structure and layout with heritage features retained wherever possible.
Only minor work is planned to the existing envelope.