New Learning Studio Spaces – FAQ

Why did the School District choose to build new modular buildings?

The District requires additional space and determined that the most cost-effective and long-term solution was to locally designed and built modular studios.

A custom modular allows the District to better integrate neighbourhood aesthetics into the exterior design. The new buildings use modern, attractive claddings such as Hardipanels, custom sheet metals flashings and trim fabricated by District skilled tradespeople, and a long-lasting metal roof. They have a unique sloped roof to allow lots of light.

The District’s aim is to achieve a building that promotes sustainability and emphasizes learning. A building that is constructed to a higher standard and will last longer than the current units. The studios are also designed to compliment the school setting and natural environment.

They are built to a high environmental standard using local products with limited energy consumption.

How long will they take to construct?

Construction of a new studio involves a consultative process with designers, District operations and educational staff. Depending on the location and staffing, the building process can take anywhere from three to six months.

The District has experienced some delays in the past due to a lack of labour availability. Skilled labourers such as electricians and carpenters have been in high demand. Since then, it has hired additional staffs to help build the structures in-house.

How long is the service life of the buildings?

We anticipate that with proper care and maintenance, the classrooms will last 50+ years.

What technology will be implemented in each classroom?

Each classroom will include the District’s standard interactive TEC learning package.

The lighting fixtures are all LED. These systems include occupancy sensors and photocells which can dim and switch off lighting in areas that are not being occupied, or when the natural lighting is sufficient.

How many students will the building accommodate?

The building is sized to accommodate a standard classroom (29 students).

Will there be washrooms in the buildings?

Like most District portables, these buildings will not include washrooms.



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