École catholique Nouveau Regard
- Construction Administration
- Location: 399, rue 8eCochrane, OntarioP0L 1C0
- Value: $12.6M
- Size: 70,000 sq ft
- Client: Conseil scolaire catholique de district des Grande Rivières (CSCDGR)
- JLR Contact: Georges Quirion
- Related Projects: MacLeod Public School Saint-Joseph School Mattawa Ste Anne School École secondaire catholique Élisabeth Bruyère et École élémentaire catholique Ste-Anne Cochrane School Collège Boréal – Timmins Campus
The CSCDGR board serves northeastern Ontario along the Highway 11 corridor from Hearst to New Liskeard. With a highly successful scholastic program and a growing demand for expanded services in the Town of Cochrane, the board determined that its needs would be best served with the construction of a new state-of-the-art Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 school, complete with a daycare.
The 70,000 ft2 building was designed with the intention of creating a positive learning environment and maximizing the efficiency of shared spaces while maintaining the distinct elementary and secondary school programs. The school includes four JK and Kindergarten classrooms, ten elementary grade classrooms, five secondary grade classrooms, six half size secondary grade classrooms, and a woodworking shop.
The shared facilities of the school include an art/home economics room, a science lab, a music room, a library, two special needs classrooms, and three computer labs. There is an oversized shared gymnasium, which can accommodate the elementary and secondary programs simultaneously. It includes independent change rooms, storage rooms, and offices. The gymnasium can accommodate up to twelve badminton courts, two full size volleyball courts, and a full basketball court. A 12’ wide by 400’ long indoor track overlooks the gymnasium from the second floor of the building. There is also a stage centred between the gymnasium and the cafeteria, which allows for performances to be conducted in either space, depending on the size of the function.
The most daunting task presented to the design team on this project was the schedule, which ambitiously required the building to be fully operational and ready for occupancy just 17 months after approval was given to commence design work. In order for this schedule to be met, the CSCDGR acted as its own Construction Manager, which allowed for design and construction activities to proceed in tandem with phased tender packages. Construction was successfully completed on time and within budget.