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Project Specs
Completion date:

2003

Size:

24,000 sq.ft.

Budget:

$4.6 million

Birdtail Sioux First Nation School

This First Nations K4-12 School is located on a remote Manitoba site whose only access is by winter road.  Phase 1 of the project was made up of:  a 17,600 SF addition; a major renovation to the existing 6,400 SF building and two new teacherages.

A participatory, consensus-based process along with stories from a community elder were utilized by the designers and the Building Committee (made up of the band council, school administration and community representatives) to develop the over-all design concept.

The spatial volume and the abundant natural light and strong visual connections to the exterior reflect the expansiveness of the prairie.