Today, there’s still some hammering and banging going on, unpacked boxes line some of the hallways, and painters and workers with step-ladders can be seen throughout the building. However, come September 10, the brand spankin’ new Shas Ti Secondary Kelly Road Secondary will be open for business.
School District 57 schools superintendent Anita Richardson said Monday the school will be ready to go when classes resume.
The $44.3 million project is on budget so far, said Nino Maletta, General Manager, Facility Services. Demolishing the old school still has to be completed. While that work has begun, it likely won’t be until spring before the wrecking ball is taken to the old school.
The replacement of the old Kelly Road Secondary School will be able to accommodate 900 students and will be a state-of-the-art facility.
Cutting-edge technology and design
Shas Ti Kelly Road takes full advantage of natural light. The school has been built to a LEED Gold equivalency (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which means it meets the highest international certification standards for being environ-mentally friendly.
The technology built into the new facility and the design of the building set it apart from all other schools in SD 57.
“This is the first time that it’s all being brought together all at once,” said Barry Bepple, School District No. 57’s Energy and Sustainable Conservation Coordinator. “We do all of this technology at indi-vidual locations throughout our district but this is the first opportunity we’ve had to build it and bring it all together as a collection of all the things we’ve been learning about.
“People will liken it to Duchess Park, which was completed in 2010, but it’s different,” Bepple added. “It’s designed differently, the spaces within it are designed differently. There are a lot of feature enhancements in the space.”
Each classroom has its own heating and cooling system;
Each classroom has multi-level LED lighting which can be controlled from two different locations;
Each classroom features an inter-active projector and whiteboard;
Each classroom has a performance sound system with infrared technology so teachers can connect and speak through a lapel microphone;
Clocks are linked to the building’s wireless internet and reset automatically with time changes.
Learning areas / breakout zones
As part of the building’s open-concept design, two classrooms have sliding glass wall systems, giving students the opportunity for collaborative learning;
There are breakout zones throughout the building, designed to facilitate group discussions and activities; breakout zones can also be used as study spaces; one breakout zone on the upper level includes a charging station for devices.
The atrium is an expansive space on the ground level and serves as the central hub of the school; the area includes a spiral staircase, spectator viewing into the gymnasium, a performance platform, a dedicated sound system and specialized acoustic treatments; a feature wall of three-dimensional wood design illustrates the importance of the Nechako and Fraser rivers to the region.
The Learning Commons has an attached computer lab and separate collaboration areas;
Acoustic treatments on the walls and in the ceiling keep sound dampened;
The LED lighting has sensors for occupancy / daylight harvesting and adjusts levels accordingly.
Indigenous Education Centre
An Indigenous Education Centre is located off the central part of the atrium, in the heart of the school; the area will be a gathering place for students and staff, a spot for activities and meals.
Foods / pantry / canteen
Two Foods classrooms are located directly to the east side of the Indigenous Education Centre; the classrooms are connected to a walk-through pantry that features a pass-through window into a canteen that serves lunch tables in this part of the atrium; the connectedness of the entire area is a key feature;
The Foods classrooms have cooktops with induction elements that transfer heat into cookware; there is virtually no trace of heat from the elements themselves, and the spaces around them remain cool;
Above the teacher’s station is a demonstration mirror that allows students to easily observe lessons and the preparation of recipes.
Alternate Education, Learning Assistance and exceptional needs
Next to the Foods area, at the east entrance to the building, there are dedicated classrooms for students who are enrolled in Alternate Education programs and Learning Assistance, as well as a specialized room for students who have exceptional needs.
A sprung maple-wood floor of NBA quality is the primary feature of the gymnasium, which includes a drop-down divider curtain, performance sound system, LED lighting and three score clocks that can be linked or operated independently; foldaway bleachers are electronically operated; capacity in the gym is 1,532 people.
The theatre has performance-level computerized lighting, sound systems and acoustics; an independent rigging system over the audience allows for adjustability; the room includes an electric screen and projector system and seating for 204 people; washrooms, dressing rooms and a long mirrored wall for makeup application are located back-of-stage.
The music room features a high ceiling, plenty of natural light, advanced acoustics and sound-lock doors.
Art rooms / maker space
There are two art rooms, one designed for two-dimensional work and the other for three-dimensional; the 2-D room includes computers for photography students and the 3-D room features a kiln for pottery pro-jects; the rooms have an adjoining door.
A dedicated maker space will give students access to 3-D printers, a laser cutter, soldering stations and a robotics table.
The building has three all-gender washrooms, one on the main level and two on the upper level; the all-gender washrooms have fully-enclosed stalls (including stalls for students with disabilities) and common washing areas; there are separate staff and family-friendly wash-rooms, as well as washrooms for students with exceptional needs.
The school includes an auto shop with three bay doors and two hoists that go high enough to allow complete access under vehicles, a metal shop complete with a forge and four welding stations, and a wood shop that has its own painting/finishing booth.
Heating and cooling
Shas Ti Kelly Road features a highly-efficient heating and ventilation system. The system – a four-pipe hydronic (water) loop – utilizes an 80-tonne geothermal exchange.