Kearns Mancini's design for the addition to Pleasant Public School in Thornhill, Ontario, was one which responded to the need of a single storey, one room addition that would accommodate a full day kindergarten expansion. The design sought to create a building that seamlessly integrates itself into the existing school in order to foster a strong communal relationship among all the students.
As part of the Ontario Ministry of Education’s initiative, a full day Kindergarten program was implemented at Pleasant Public School in an effort to help working parents with the aids of increased child care and educational services. As a result, an expansive addition housing a full-day kindergarten space was needed and its integration into the exisitng fabric of the school was a significant goal of the project. Part of the design also involved the improvement of the existing adjacent kindergarten classrooms, washrooms and cubby areas, as they too are used within the full day kindergarten program.
The construction schedule was the most challenging facet of this project, as the building addition was required to be occupied for the upcoming school year. Kearns Mancini was readily available and promptly responsive to any and all construction issues and conflicts, avoiding delays in administration in order to better keep the contractor on schedule. Their management of other consultants and of the contractor was a significant factor in the successful outcome of the project.