“The design of these specialized spaces are highly efficient and well-laid out due to a collaborative working relationship with the department head.”
Priscilla Ladouceur, Principal
This school has a number of technical programs that are primarily housed on the ground floor. The design of these specialized spaces are highly efficient and well-laid out due to a collaborative working relationship with the department heads. Their practical knowledge of the equipment and how it would be used in the space was invaluable to our planning.
For instance, in the Construction Technology space, we underwent a useful role-play exercise where we tracked a piece of wood coming in to the shop and the process of how it moves from being large to small so that it is efficient in the path it takes. The large overhead doors and saw mill accommodate the first, largest stage. Furthest away from the large material stockroom are tools like the drill press for fine tuning smaller pieces.
One of the key components of the Cosmetology and Food Studies spaces was to have access to the outside so their program can serve the public. These rooms are located at the front of the school near designated ‘customer’ parking so the community can easily access services like the in-school salon.
The auto shop is efficient and well laid out with room for 4 cars and classroom seating adjacent to the vehicles. Just outside the garage doors, there is a fenced-in automotive compound so cars or construction equipment can securely be left overnight. A mezzanine in the construction shop also provides significant storage for larger projects. Interior windows between both the Construction and Automotive Technology spaces and adjacent classrooms allow teachers to supervise students in both spaces.