Based on a Master Plan that was done in association with Les Andrew of Andrew Incorporated Architect, the project is based on a full architectural audit of present facilities and their existing building systems. This process was to determine major objectives for space facilities for the future and for program identification. It identified a clear need for more space and highlighted a shortfall in academic learning space within the Senior School in particular.
The Bishop Strachan School Transformation Project is designed to serve the school well into the twenty-first century. The project continues the transformation of the school’s facilities initiated with the previously completed Junior School and Athletic Wing. It is based upon tailoring senior school areas to meet the school’s strategic priorities, and transforming them to suit advanced programming and student-focused activities. This transformation of the school is being realized through a combination of new building construction and renovation of existing structures.
The design of the Transformation Project realizes a group of key objectives by creating modernized and flexible new facilities to enhance and facilitate the exciting project-based learning programs in the Senior School that are now taking place at BSS, and that will continue to evolve in the future. It creates a multiplicity of spaces for students to interact and collaborate in less formal settings even within classrooms known as IDEA Labs. The design enhances the facilities for the Arts, both performing and visual arts, by creating a variety of new spaces such as a Music/Band Room, a Multi-purpose Performance Arts Centre and Visual Arts Studios. A new double gymnasium and dance studio link with the previously completed Athletics Wing to create an integrated Athletic Concourse.
The design responds to the scale, materials and detailing of the adjoining campus buildings. The combination of traditional and modern use of materials in juxtaposition is continued along the west side of the Transformation Project.