By | On September 20, 2012 | Design, News, School opening

Toronto, Ontario, September 20, 2012 — The ground-breaking New Alton Village Public School welcomed its first influx of students. The Halton District School Board retained Snyder Architects to design the new $9.5 million school as Model for their Schools.

The design is the first new three-storey school model for the Board. It was configured to introduce abundant natural light into the heart of the school, creating a cheerful, open and welcoming ambiance to foster student engagement. The spatial organization and layout actively enhance student interaction by physically and visually bringing the entire school closer together.

“Staff and students love their spacious new learning environment with the high ceilings, the incredible abundance of natural light, the textures and colours in the main foyer and hallways, and the uniqueness of being in a three storey school,” said David Purcell, Principal of Alton Village Public School.

A neighbourhood landmark, the school was situated to maximize natural light, safety and community connection.  Alton realizes the Board’s vision for a state-of-the-art school that serves as a student forum and teaching tool through green design principles.

Project Architect, Avinash Garde said, “The design philosophy is based on bright, open, transparent and compact spaces to foster student interaction. We opened up the center of the school by creating an atrium at the heart of the ‘Y’ to visually bring the school closer together. An innovative feature of the school is that the building itself is designed to be used as a teaching tool – kids can access a unique ‘Green Station’ in the main lobby with an interactive touch screen that graphically illustrates in real time the workings of the ‘green’ systems of the building.”

It is the Board’s first school to fully employ an intelligent, integrated thermal energy HVAC system to capture, store and release energy upon demand through an in-floor concrete hollow core slab design that maintains radiant comfort without the use of wet systems. It is low-maintenance since it employs a smaller mechanical system with fewer moving parts and can utilize energy derived from a variety of green sources – all while consuming significantly less energy.

Superior indoor air quality (fresh air), reduced building material consumption by design and optimization of both natural and artificial lighting systems are some other sustainable features of this ground-breaking design.

Snyder Architects, established in 1980, is a full-service planning and architecture firm located in Toronto specializing in Education and Long Term Care design.  In-house services include architecture and master planning, facility studies, programming, interior design, graphic design, and project/ construction management.  Recent projects include the Award winning Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School, the New St. Conrad Catholic School and the New Alton Village Public School.

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For more information or to schedule an interview with Avinash Garde, please contact Sheva Zohouri at 647.629.7161 or email Sheva at

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