The design for this school was developed to align with the Board’s vision for educational program delivery to the 21st Century Learner. The proposed building concept was based on the philosophy of the spaces developed in recent core school designs and then further tweaked and enhanced by working closely with the Board to perfect the plan.
The proposed new Hillcrest K-9 School is a two storey building. The two storey concept allows for the accommodation of the desired student capacity within an efficient footprint. The four wings of the school split on two levels allows Administration the flexibility to accommodate the three grade divisions in conventional or innovative distribution patterns. Central placement of the gymnasium towards the back of the school in conjunction with multiple roof levels as seen from the exterior, provides unique and appropriate massing important to work with the adjacent residential home masses and reinforce the school’s presence and importance in the community.
Flexibility in the school exists with the addition of the eight modular classrooms; two at opening and six that will be added onto the school as needed to accommodate future growth in the student population. The school is also designed to provide after-hours use, ensuring this facility strengthens the Airdrie community.