Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School Expansion

Okotoks, Canada

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is a private school accommodating Grades K through 12. A 65,000 ft² expansion was added on the school’s 220-acre campus in order to meet the school’s learning and teaching needs. The new addition was designed to embrace the surrounding mountain vista and reflect the local environment.

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School Expansion

Okotoks, Canada

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is a private school accommodating Grades K through 12. A 65,000 ft² expansion was added on the school’s 220-acre campus in order to meet the school’s learning and teaching needs. The new addition was designed to embrace the surrounding mountain vista and reflect the local environment.


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Challenge
The integration of existing and new buildings.
Solution
A concrete block wall was provided adjacent to the existing structure to control lateral movements. New building foundations were cast at the founding elevation of the existing building
Challenge
A combination of five types of structural material to achieve the desired architectural aesthetic, building performance, geometry, and construction sequence.
Solution
A concrete frame structure was adopted to support the second floor due to the unique geometry of the building and challenges associated with fabrication of steel framing elements. To reduce costs, the roof structure was framed from steel with feature glulam elements. Concrete block and precast were used adjacent to the existing building to simplify construction.
Challenge
Providing educational space for a modern learning institute.
Solution
The architectural and structural design allows for open spaces for large learning sessions. The spaces can be subdivided for opportunities for focused learning. The exposed structure and open spaces allow students to be curious and provide a learning opportunity.

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