“The fact that this is a senior elementary school allowed the bonus of additional specialty rooms as we didn’t need to support kindergarten spaces.”
– Priscilla Ladouceur, Principal, Hossack & Associates Architects
Focused grades allow for optimized specialty classrooms
Sir William Gage Middle School is a Grade 6-8 school, which meant finances and space could be devoted to designing effective specialty classrooms, instead of kindergarten areas and extra classrooms for Grades 1 through 5.
The school hosts two music rooms, one for instrumental and the other for vocal music. They are located on outside walls which allowed for windows, and Tectum panels were added for soundproofing. The instrument room has custom millwork cabinets for storing instruments and both rooms are located close to the school’s stage, for direct access during performances.
An oversized classroom, with windows onto Queen Street, was designated as the art room. It can be difficult for teachers and students to keep these creative spaces tidy and clutter free so it was located next to a prep and storage room with easy access to supplies. It also features floor-to-ceiling display boards, drying racks for paintings and custom millwork which all serve to streamline and make a more
A special education room is located close to the school’s main entrance for easy access. It features specialized millwork cabinets and counters, as well as a washer, dryer, fridge and stove, that mimic a residential setting so that students can practice independent living. It also has a dedicated orthopedic washroom.