Modular Building Institute

St Joseph's School

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Metric Modular
Kelowna, British Columbia
Building Use:
School expansion
Gross Size of Project:
19680 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    When St Joseph Catholic Elementary School outgrew their existing school space they came to Britco to help with their expansion. With the addition of 12 classrooms, a student lounge, boys’ and girls’ washrooms on both floors, wheelchair accessible washrooms on both floors, an elevator and a main entry hall, the students were thrilled with their new space. Since this was an expansion on the existing school, Britco strategically designed the new space to complement the existing elementary school. A highlight of this project for both Britco and the folks at St Joseph’s was inviting students and teachers to tour the factory while their modules were being built.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    The Barrier Free design enables accessibly for disabled students and faculty, with an elevator and wheelchair accessible washrooms on both floors. To reduce noise distractions, extra measures were taken to sound proof the walls between classrooms and hallways, and between floors. This building meets the green building rating of ASHRAE 90.1 – 2010 due to the natural gas heating, multi-zone high-efficiency furnaces and air conditioning. As well, LED lighting was used in lieu of fluorescent lighting.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    The most challenging aspect of this project was the very tight schedule - we couldn’t start any site work until the previous school year had come to an end in June and completion was required in time for the start of the 2016/2017 school year. Because we were able to achieve this, the school did not incur the additional costs of placing these students elsewhere during the school year.
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