Our firm has worked with a number of private schools in developing affordable attractive facilities. We recognize the concern for cost control as the goal of each school is to be able to offer the highest quality and most economical education as is possible. It is this goal that guides our design process as we work through the facility requirements with each of our clients.
The example of Wesley Christian Academy illustrated below is an example of providing comprehensive service. At the recommendation of a parent whose church had been a client of ours, the school contacted us about their desire to sell their existing building and renovate an existing warehouse to become their new school facility. We started the design process in October with the understanding that the renovation had to be ready for occupancy September of the next year; an eleven month time frame in which to finalize the design, prepare the construction documents, obtain all the governmental approvals, tender the project and complete construction. The project involved the insertion of a 17,000+ft2 second floor plate into an existing 20,000+ ft2 warehouse, provision of 3 Daycare spaces, 9 classrooms, administration, cafeteria and kitchen, gymnasium and library with room for future expansion of the Library and additional classrooms and the removal of a significant portion of the paved parking area and creation of a landscaped playground. The building permit was issued and tenders were completed by the end of March and construction began in late March with the renovated facility ready for move-in by the middle of August and the project was on budget.
Our private school clients include:
- Bearspaw Christian School, Calgary
- Covenant Christian School, Leduc
- Huntington Hills Community Association preschool, Calgary
- Robertson College, Calgary
- Trinity Christian School, Calgary
- Tyndale Christian School, Calgary
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