CEFPI Best New School Award – Heritage Heights
Marshall Tittemore Architects and the Foothills School Division No. 38 are the proud co-recipients of the Award for 2008 BEST NEW SCHOOL from CEFPI (Council of Educational Facility Planners International) Alberta Chapter, for Heritage Heights School located in Davisburg, Alberta.
Heritage Heights School is a 350 capacity expandable K-9 core facility. The school’s design was guided by 5 basic principles that were developed in conjunction with a team of educators, architects and community members; these 5 design principles are:
- Accessibility and visibility.
- Uniqueness and environmental harmony.
- Variety, flexibility, and adaptability.
- Collaboration, connectivity, and community.
- Interactivity and opportunity for experimental engagement.
The MTA design team consisted of Tom Tittemore, Principal in Charge; Scott Lambert, Design Project Architect; Peter Buczkowski, Job Captain/Contract Administrator; Debbie Taylor, Senior Technologist; and Jaime Gallant, Interior Designer.
MTA’s team worked closely with community members and educators; some of the unique elements of the school that were developed from the collaborative effort are:
- The layout of the school follows the natural contours of the site and maximizes preferred views to the prairie landscape and the distant Calgary skyline.
- Teaching nodes are created in the center of classroom clusters turning corridor space into usable breakout / space labs, enhanced by daylighting.
- All of the spaces within the school have been designed with flexibility in mind. Informal learning spaces of various sizes are placed throughout the school.
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