Gibsons Elementary School

Gibsons Elementary School

Gibsons, British Columbia

Flexible Community Learning Hub

Located on the sunshine coast in Gibsons, British Columbia, the existing 1950 Gibsons Elementary School is vulnerable to seismic activity. The new Elementary School, slated for completion in November 2015, will be an innovative educational centre and a community hub providing children and family support services as well as cross-generational programs to satisfy current and future needs.
Bouygues Building Canada, along with KMBR Architects Planners, designed a flexible layout for the new School that will effectively work with the community’s needs. The innovative design includes a large terraced area that will provide improved access to accommodate educational programs, community services, and recreational requirements. The design also includes the capacity for the Strong Start program, two full day kindergarten classes, and 12 regular classrooms for 300 elementary students in grades 1 to 7. The school will also house a neighbourhood learning centre that will include a childcare facility with early childhood development, a health and wellness screening office, community kitchen, and a inter-generational multipurpose room. The new Design-Build School will be built to meet LEED Gold certification standards and maximize the use of BC wood.

Key data

Client: School District 46
Architect: KMBR Architects Planners
Structural: Glotman Simpson
Mechanical: Integral Group
Electrical: S+A Falcon
Civil: Vector
Geotechnical: Horizon
Landscape Architect: Maruyama
Sector: Education
Delivery Method: Design-Build
Size: 3,369 m2