The design of the new Seven Stones Community School is a shining example of Regina Public Schools Structural Innovation Plan.
Regina Public Schools describes key components of their plan as:
– flexible teaching arrangements and instructional groupings
– teacher collaboration
– interdisciplinary and inquiry-based teaching and learning
– inclusive practices
The new 42,400 square foot K-8 school will stand on the same site at the original Herchmer School (now demolished) and will accommodate students from the existing Wascana School, currently situated nearby and scheduled for demolition. Regina Public Schools retained Fielding Nair International (FNI) to lead the educational and schematic planning phase of the project while Number TEN Architectural Group worked collaboratively in a supporting role with FNI during this integrated planning process. Number TEN was the Architect of Record and leader of the design development phase of the project with FNI providing support and collaborative input.
Vestiges of Herchmer’s original stone masonry, which stood on the site for nearly 80 years, have been salvaged for use in the new school’s design. The building has been positioned to the north of the site in an east-west direction in order to maximize south facing playground spaces and access to nature daylight. The school’s planning creates a crossroads; where the two principle circulation routes cross at the school’s Central Commons, Administrative Offices and the Community Kitchen and Cafe.
The school is organized into three Learning Communities (LC) which are home base for its students. Each LC incorporates features such as: a dedicated vestibule/boot room entry from playfields, welcome area with lockers or storage cubbies; central open common space, home-like individual washrooms, a dedicated teacher collaboration space and wet and messy areas. Large glazed overhead doors connect Learning Studio Spaces in a variety of sizes. Each LC is connected to the Central Atrium and are organized by age group: LC-1: Pre-K to grade 2; LC-2: grades 3 to 5 and LC-3: grades 6 to 8.
The Number TEN design team used an integrated design process to create a building that is targeting energy efficiency that is more than 60% better than the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB).
Sustainability features include:
– Efficient, high performing building envelope reduces energy consumption,
– Low VOC, healthy, local and regional building materials,
– Radiant in-floor heating and cooling throughout,
– A dedicated outside air ventilation system providing maximum fresh air and free-cooling in
the shoulder seasons, c/w a heat recovery,
– A displacement ventilation HVAC system, providing energy savings as well as improved air
– A reduction in electrical lighting loads by maximizing natural daylighting and occupancy
Owner: Regina Public Schools
Architect of Record: Number Ten Architectural Group
Educational Planners and Co-design Architects: Fielding Nair International
Structural Engineer: Brownlee Beaton Kreke Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Macpherson Engineering Inc
Electrical Engineer: Ritenburg & Associates
Civil Engineer: Associated Engineering
Landscape Architect: Crosby Hanna & Associates
Commissioning Agent: Enermodal Engineering
Sustainability/LEED: Enermodal Engineering
Roof Inspection: RMIS Roof Management & Inspection Services
Building Envelope Testing: Architectural Testing
General Contractor: Clark Builders
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