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Princess Alexandra School, Hay River

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Princess Alexandra School was constructed in the late 1960s and offered classes for K-8. The school required an envelope upgrade to reduce energy consumption and renovations to accommodate a larger student population. Design for this project began in 2000 with construction completed in September, 2003.An extension at the south of the existing building provided two additional classrooms and a library. The existing school was framed with post and beam construction which provided some interesting challenges to the design of the renovations. Improvements included: widening the corridors, relocating the administration area, modifying the post and beam structure to provide a more open public entry and introducing skylights in the interior corridors. Portions of the existing gymnasium walls were removed and in-filled with sports glazing to allow for spectator viewing. The exterior wall and roof were stripped down with new insulation and finishes applied. New aluminum framed windows were installed.Energy efficiency and sustainable design elements including increased amounts of daylight, and natural ventilation were major design considerations for this school. Energy efficient operable windows were installed, interior spaces were enlarged and glazed to allow more daylight. Energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems, lighting and controls were also installed. Consultant Team:Architects / Prime Consultant: PSAV Architects Ltd. Structural Engineers: Structreall Engineering Mechanical Engineers:Thorn Engineering Electrical Engineers:Williams Engineering Canada Inc. Geotechnical Engineers: EBA Engineering Ltd