The Kitsilano Secondary School renewal plan involved the retention of the 1927 historic elevation, a seismically safe teaching and learning environment, a gym built to post-disaster (structural) standards, and a Neighbourhood Learning Centre space for school and community use.
More than 1,500 students in grades 8-12 have benefited from the modern design which incorporates a 21st Century learning environment and a LEED Gold certification. The building exterior features an extensive use of glazing to bring natural light indoors, providing a healthy learning and teaching environment for students and teachers. A key element of the project was the preservation of the main historical façade that dates back to 1927.
The 193,750 square foot, three-storey facility now includes a new academic wing with specialty classrooms and program spaces designed for individual support and collaborative work, a new library, three gymnasiums and a state-of-the-art 350 seat theatre. In addition, students also have access to an all-weather playing field and green space for learning.
A 26,000 square foot, on-site Neighbourhood Learning Centre (NLC) also now serves the surrounding community.