“As much as it’s a heritage building, everything relative to systems is equivalent to a brand new building. While there was a desire to maintain the limestone building they wanted to ensure that staff and students had a school that met todays needs.”
– Bryan Davies, Capital Projects Manager, ALCDSB
Terry White, Partner and Tom Wilson, Associate Partner
Although we preserved the heritage character and layout of the original building, every other system is brand new. They have effectively received a brand new building through this project. The electrical systems are 100% new. Information technology, data, and telephone now run through the entire facility in a comprehensive fashion. Mechanical systems are 100% new. Even aspects like the building envelope have been upgraded in that we’ve installed new energy efficient windows. So, as much as it’s a heritage building, everything relative to systems is equivalent to a brand new building.
Schools are funded for capital based on student enrolment but they are also funded on an ongoing basis for maintenance and care. This was front of mind in this restoration and it needed to be sensitive to needs for ongoing maintenance, operating costs and site maintenance. These state of the art systems ensure that the ongoing costs are in line with a new build.