The Adélard – Desrosiers School was built in 1966 and enlarged in 1999. Our firm was mandated to carry out a second extension. The original school, was built in a square shape, characterized by its central gym and its corridor loop serving the classrooms of the perimeter of the building. The construction is concrete and exterior walls are brick facing with stone details.
Deployed on two floors, the expansion of the school has eight classrooms, a multipurpose room, a music room, offices and other related services rooms. Outside, the layout and the color of the brick create a knit inspired pattern. The choice of wood for the expansion, a first for the school board of the Point -de- l’Ile, was realized due to its ecological and economic benefits and also for the speed of assembly. We designed a structured volume and an apparent decking which warmth and aesthetics benefits daily to the children and teachers. The lightness of the structure also reduced the foundations cost in the context of a limited bearing capacity of the soil.
The extension was realized in order to orient the structure to the east-west axis this ideally steer the main facades to the north and south axis. The expansion also helped to create a U shaped schoolyard framed by existing buildings. The design has been fully thought based on sustainable development principles such as natural lighting throughout the area, sunshades to the south and a white roof.