MacLeod Public School
- Contract Administration
- Location: 23 Walford RdSudbury, OntarioP3E 2H2
- Value: $14.8M
- Size: 60,000 ft²
- Client: Rainbow District School Board (RDSB)
- JLR Contact: Jeff Laberge
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This project comprises a new elementary school with daycare on the site of the old MacLeod Public School. The building was designed to meet the RDSB’s sustainable design goals, and includes in-slab hydronic heating, high-efficiency HVAC systems, exterior solar shading devices, a high performance building envelope, zero ZOC emitting materials, and the infrastructure to accept roof-mounted solar panels. JLR worked closely with the RDSB to create a simple design that yielded low tender prices, allowing the Board to add items to the project scope. As a result, the project was completed on time and under budget.
The school houses approximately 600 students, plus the daycare facility. The classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audio/video capabilities, including smart-board presentation systems and computer integration. The facilities within the school include 22 classrooms, four early childhood development classrooms, a special needs classroom, a double-sized gymnasium with an operable partition, a full sized stage, a music room, art rooms, a library, and staff/admin areas. The site was designed to separate bus traffic and automobile traffic, and includes a garden, natural play structures, an outdoor classroom, and a full-sized soccer pitch.
By collaborating with the RDSB, JLR was able to incorporate elements that support the curriculum and help teachers inspire young minds. For example, the atrium floor contains a starburst pattern embedded into the flooring. When the floor is more closely examined, one discovers that the lines radiating from a centre circle point to capital cities of all provinces and territories in Canada, as well as the capital cities of countries around the world. A vinyl wall graphic accompanies each directional line and provides the GPS coordinates, a symbol for, and the distance to each city. The opportunity to educate young minds was woven into the fabric of the school, so the building itself helps teach students about the world around them.