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Aqsarniit School, Iqaluit


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Aqsarniit is a primary school in Iqaluit,  designed by PSAV architects Ltd. in 1998 and completed in 2000. Increased attendance and the addition of middle school classes necessitated an addition. PSAV Architects Ltd. was retained for this expansion. Design was underway in the spring of 2004 and construction was complete in September, 2007.

The two storey addition incorporates 18 new classrooms and administration / support spaces. A two storey glazed atrium in the south building face provides the circulation pattern for the single loaded corridor serving classrooms on both floors. The atrium provides a volume that gathers the daylight available from the low angle sun during the winter months, sharing it with the classrooms. Renovations to the existing school included the enlargement of the gymnasium and renovation of existing classrooms.

Energy efficiency and sustainable design elements are always considerations when designing schools.
They were achieved in a number of ways:

  • A two storey south-facing atrium which gathers and shares daylight with interior spaces
  • An effective building envelope, incorporating a MBM air / vapour barrier with exterior insulation package
  • Operable exterior windows provide exterior views and fresh air
  • In-floor heating and displacement ventilation provides an efficient, constant heat source with low volume air movement
  • Energy efficient, low energy consumption mechanical and electrical systems,  lighting and controls
  • Mechanical ventilation systems that incorporate heat recovery

Consultant Team:

Architects / Prime Consultant: PSAV Architects Ltd.

Structural Engineers: Williams Engineering Canada Inc.

Mechanical Engineers: Williams Engineering Canada Inc.

Electrical Engineers: Williams Engineering Canada Inc.

Geotechnical Engineers: EBA Engineering Ltd