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.
20 Elmfield Crescent, Scarborough, Ontario
18,000 sq. ft.
Toronto District School Board
Jonathan Kearns, Dan McNeil, Peter Ng, Lucy O’Connor
The judicious use of coloured spandrel panels on the exterior of the building evokes a dynamism and pluralism that speaks to the school’s demography and pedagogy, adding a playful contrast to the school’s recess yard. This use of colour extends within the building, where it is used as a way-finding device. The exterior wall of coloured spandrel glass paneling faces a new children’s play court outside, providing the school with a central exterior space for gatherings and an architectural hierarchy that pronounces the new addition as a beacon.
Overall, The Kennedy Public School renovation and addition serves its community well, providing a progressively-designed learning environment that is imbued with natural light, transparency and colour.
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.
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