Joanne Cardinal-Schubert High School
Location: Calgary, AB
Located in the community of Seton, this new high school provides a 21st Century learning environment for 1,800 students, relieving enrollment pressures in existing facilities.
The school features an open-concept, campus-like design. It is complete with two gyms, library, commercial kitchen, school store and 46 classrooms including music, art, science lab, robotics, cosmetology, sports medicine, and construction shop areas.
The new high school comes with several unique features, including multiple structural frame-less glass walls with laminated structural glass fins and privacy glazing, and a three-storey tiered platform-seating atrium with drop-down screen and associated audio-visual systems. Facing into the three-storey central gathering space are student collaboration pods with full-height switch glass that transitions between clear and frosted.
The facility also has the ability to increase or decrease classrooms sizes through vertical Skyfold acoustic wall panels hidden in the ceiling, and there is a learning commons with complex, architecturally sloped acoustic ceiling.
Exterior elements include an amphitheater area for outdoor learning, at-grade parking with charge stations, and landscaping. Upon completion, the project was the largest high school in Alberta. It was required to achieve LEED Silver but was certified Gold.
Gibbs Gage Architects
Calgary Board of Education