Ecole Senator Riley Middle School, 2016, High River, Alberta, 1,810 sqm., gym modernization
The school required flood mitigation measures mainly involving the gymnasium and associated mechanical and electrical equipment. The existing crawl space underneath the gym contained mechanical ducts and equipment. These lower areas were at risk of potential flooding and were to be filled. A new slab on grade on engineered fill was constructed and finished with a modern rubberized sports flooring. The stage area was removed and replaced with a mobile stage that can be used for special events but allows for a much enlarged gym area in the meantime.
The wall opening required for the construction period was filled with a new wall section with translucent panels providing daylight for the gym. This modernized facade together with newly designed concrete benches leads to a refreshed impression of the school.