Kearns Mancini's renovation of and addition to the Kennedy Public School involved a complex level of integration between the existing school and new spaces, resulting in a design that embraced natural light, transparency and the sensitive integration of colour, which effectively marry the old and the new.
The existing elementary school received an 18,000 sq. ft. addition comprising of a gymnasium expansion, 11 new classrooms and support spaces. While the design of the existing school did not fully utilize its southern exposure, the building addition at the southern part of the school allows for a capitalization of solar energy. This is achieved through the inclusion of louvered sun shades and clerestory openings, which allow natural light to permeate into classrooms and corridors.
Despite budgetary restrictions from the onset KMA managed to deliver a highly functional, efficient, yet aesthetically pleasing design for the School Board. The project is on budget and ahead of schedule, largely due to the architectural management skills of the Kearns Mancini team.