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Dr. Robert Plaxton Elementary School

(Formerly South Lethbridge Elementary School)
This new school was to be built in accordance with the Alberta Building Code.

LETHBRIDGE, AB

The school was designed to accommodate a core permanent capacity of 400 students with eight modular classrooms for an initial opening capacity of 600 students and 60 staff.

It is a single-story building consisting of a project center, gymnasium, library and library commons, music room, servery, 14 permanent classrooms, eight modular classrooms, an outdoor classroom, playing fields, and staff offices.

The school division was required to obtain a minimum certification of LEED Silver but was pleased to be awarded the Gold Certification.

In addition to traditional utilities, photovoltaic panels were incorporated into the building façade to act as a power source and create innovative learning opportunities.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

CLIENT

FWBA Architects

ARCHITECT

FWBA Architects

OUR ROLE(S)

Sustainability Consultant;
Energy Modelling Consultant

SIZE

53,744 m² (578496 ft²)

BUDGET

$20.1 M

MARKET (OFFICE)

CALGARY

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KEY CONSIDERATIONS

Challenge One

This was one of the earliest registered LEED v4 projects in Alberta. Our team sought to bring the fully designed building up to LEED v4 standards.

Solution One

We selected credits that had the most impact to the LEED scorecard and focused on prioritizing cost-effective solutions to update the LEED program. Careful product selection was undertaken with the contractor to maximize construction credit contributions.

GALLERY

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