The focus of the design for Tiger Jeet Singh Public School was to maximize light penetration into the school, not only in the classrooms and administration areas, but also in the circulation spaces and internal gymnasium. This was achieved by increasing the size of windows, using a single-loaded corridor where appropriate, use of a clerestory, and installation of light wells.
The building form and H-pattern circulation were used to create an enclosure for the eco-garden/green space adjacent to the school. The art and music rooms look onto this green space. The organization of the site focuses on student safety by providing two entrances with two dedicated kindergarten drop-off zones. The materials of the building were selected to be compatible with the neighbouring development with the use of brick, precast and ledge stone for accents. The school has a GFA of 71,059sf and is built for 700 students.
The Halton District School Board engaged Snyder Architects to build the same design on two sites. One was built under the conventional stipulated sum contract method while the other employed AMP – this allows for a direct comparison between the two. The school delivered through the AMP approach opened on time while the other school opened three months late. As well the AMP construction cost was $500,000 lower.
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