When the community of Grimshaw was in need of two new schools, an existing recreation centre proved to be the central fixture that could anchor construction. Instead of creating two new stand-alone buildings on different properties, each requiring their own school yard and utilities, the two schools could share the costs.
Arrow worked to economically optimize the design. In addition to reviewing the structural integrity of the new buildings, Arrow designed structural steel, load bearing concrete masonry block wall, and cast-in-place foundation. As well as using low energy lighting for LEED credits, the electrical team was responsible for special security and alarm systems, and installing a modern telecommunications system.
Finally, when the mechanical system, a unit large enough to operate the three spaces, was set to be installed it quickly became evident that it would not fit in the room it was intended. Arrow worked to create an innovative solution that saw the structure be completely dismantled and repositioned into a unique configuration in the small room. This assembly allowed for the full operations of the mechanical system within the intended room.
Throughout the process, the Arrow team was able to provide energy saving innovations that would reduce the overall operational savings and secure a LEED certification.
“These two schools are using the recreation centre as their gym. This was a great opportunity for our team to work in an innovative way that we had never previously never done before. We learned a lot.”
– Carl Oleninyk, lead Mechanical Project Manager