Kearns Mancini was originally retained by the TCDSB to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study that would provide a development strategy for replacing the existing Senator O’Connor High School. After finishing the feasibility study, Kearns Mancini was again retained to design plans for the new school.
The resulting project was a multi-year, 23 million dollar complex with phased construction. The facility was designed to be capable of accommodating and adapting to the changing needs of the students, the educators and the local community.
150,000 sq. ft.
Toronto District Catholic School Board
Jonathan Kearns, Dan McNeil, Peter Ng, Lucy O’Connor. Photography: Steven Evans
View from park
Jonathan Kearns is worth his weight in gold in terms of his ability to deal with the community. In our case, this meant dealing with four distinct groups representing the four streets that surround the school. He did a brilliant job of addressing the concerns of each group - even though, for the most part a different group came out to each of the public meetings. One has only to meet Jonathan to understand why his unique blend of intelligence, calm and empathy enables him to defuse fear so that people are then free to see the solutions he proposes with objectivity and fairness.
The George Brown College Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts & the Chefs’ House Restaurant demonstrate Kearns Mancini Architects’ ability to deliver buildings that delight with natural light, colour, and transparency, representing a brand-statement for our clients.
Kearns Mancini's proposal for the Highcastle Public School sought to incorporate and renovate an existing two-storey west wing of over-sized classrooms into a more efficient space, while also adding an additional building with new classrooms and communal spaces.
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.