A surge in student registrations meant Edmonton Christian Schools was faced with a near-immediate need for additional classroom space. The school needed to add space but wanted to ensure if maintained the look and feel of the permanent school structure, from the interior and exterior finishing to the large open spaces. The school also wanted to keep in mind that further expansion could be needed in following years.
Alta-Fab designed and constructed two elementary school classrooms from 4 modules. The contract started in July and the classrooms were in place in September—a fast turnaround on custom units, but all in an effort to get the elementary kids settled at the start of their new school year!
During a family event at the school, staff were pleased to hear a retired teacher comment that these classrooms were “not like the portables I taught in and used.”
The units are connected to the main school with wide openings to help the addition feel like a seamless wing on the permanent structure. The finishings, such as linoleum, lockers, and cabinets are carefully matched to the original school space. The millwork is all custom, designed and built in-house, and maximizes efficiency and storage space. To achieve the open concept feeling, the units were built with steel beams.
To plan for further expansion, Alta-Fab created a solution that allows the school to build up instead of out, saving precious school yard space for the students. The units are built to accommodate a second storey addition.