The Toronto Catholic District School Board retained Snyder Architects to design the replacement St. Conrad Catholic Elementary School.

The new elementary school reinvigorates its neighbourhood by reaching out to the community through student-centred design that focuses on sustainability.

Conceived for the net generation, it marries innovation with high design through a bold fusion of resilient every-day building materials re-imagined and forms that echo light and warmth.  With streaming daylight and views to the outside, the layout fosters an open, transparent environment within the school that visually integrates it with its site and outdoor playing fields.

A bright soaring atrium connects the multistory academic wing to the shared community spaces; corridors are shorter, with abundant natural light and punctuated with breakout spaces to encourage learning beyond the classroom.

The design sets the environmental standard for elementary schools with in-floor radiant heating systems, displacement ventilation, systems, high performance glazing and lighting, occupancy sensors, external shading devices, ballasted roofs for urban heat island reduction and drought tolerant landscaping.

Snyder Architects was retained as both Architect and Construction Manager in order to successfully meet the complex design and implementation goals of the Replacement St. Conrad Catholic Elementary School.

The project included the redevelopment of  an existing urban school site; the new school was to be built before demolishing the existing school;  and the in-floor radiant heating and displacement ventilation system played a key role in meeting the sustainability goals.

A cutting edge design, St. Conrad CES was one of the first schools affected by the then newly introduced Toronto Green Design Standards; it entailed a comprehensive public consultation process and it was successfully built on a brownfield site in Toronto.

St. Conrad Catholic Elementary School was publicly nominated for the 2013 PUG Award.

This project was started under the firm’s former name of Mekinda Snyder Partnership.