Ritchie School is an architecturally stunning brick and stone school dating from 1913 has been expanded in five stages over the years. Belonging to the Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB), part of the complex is currently leased to the Conseil Scolaire Centre-Nord (CSCN) for a 9-12 program. The large property with accompanying sports fields is situated in a mature area of Edmonton. At July 2012 ACI Architects Inc. is currently serving both the EPSB and the CSCN in their efforts to sever the original building from the additions at a suitable location in the plan, followed by significant renovations and expansion to modernize the school.
ACI Architects Inc. and our sub-consultant team has been tasked with reviewing and reporting on the condition of all wings of the buildings as well as on the condition on mechanical and electrical infrastructure. Parts of the 1913 building – to be severed – provide heating for the subsequent additions. This factor along with deficiencies in the building envelope form part of the technical evaluation of the building. ACI has also investigated site limitations to expansion of the school once eight land-locked classrooms are demolished in order to bring more natural light into the remaining classrooms. Our scope includes development of schematic options towards replacing these eight classrooms without obstructing natural light to the teaching spaces