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Elementary School - Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek First Nation (BZAFN)

H. Bradford Green Architect Inc was retained by the BZAFN to design their new elementary school. The new 1056 s.m. facility, which will accommodate kindergarten through Grade 8, is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in time for the commencement of classes in the fall. The new facility consists of administration areas, kindergarten class, two classrooms, Library Resource Room, Commercial Computer Room, storage and service spaces in accordance with INAC Standards. In lieu of the Multi-Purpose Room allowed under the INAC Standards, the BZAFN opted to fund the difference to provide a 250 s.m. gymnasium complete with locker rooms, office and mezzanine storage. A sprinkler system, which was not required by the National Building Code, has also been provided, funded directly by the First Nation.

The system and material selections for the project were based on providing a durable, sustainable and energy efficient facility within the budgetary constraints. The exterior finishes consist of solar reflective asphalt shingles, Novabrik, and fibre-cement lap siding. Interior walls and ceilings are finished with abuse-resistant gypsum board with CGC Fiberock VHI panels on walls in typical high abuse areas such as the gymnasium, locker rooms, corridors, and washrooms. All gypsum board and abuse-resistant panels contain a minimum 96% recycled content. Flooring, with the exception of the gymnasium, is seamless linoleum having 35% recycled content. The in-slab heating system with propane-fired boilers provides efficient heat.

The environmentally friendly and sustainable design is accentuated by the 10 kw photo voltaic roof mounted grid-tie solar array. The system feeds the generated power back to the hydro grid and the 20-year agreement with the hydro supplier will supplement the First Nation's income.

Project Details:

  • Client: BZA First Nation
  • Project Size: 1056 s.m. G.F.A.
  • Project Value: $2,830,000
  • Contractor: Per Hol Construction Ltd.
  • Completed: July 2011
  • Location: MacDiarmid, ON

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