The 80-year-old York House School in Vancouver needed some major upgrades and expansion work done. Since this would take between two and three years, temporary classroom portables were required and the project itself had to be undertaken with minimal disruption for students and staff. On the project management side of things, there were a number of logistical issues to take care of. We had to transport over-height buildings while the actual placement of the classroom modules was a challenge. In addition, we had to get approval for lane closures from the City of Vancouver and make arrangements for a site crane to lift buildings over power lines.
Our design and sales teams got to work, coordinating multiple services and logistical challenges with a number of groups, including architects, electrical and mechanical consultants.
To help facilitate an improved learning environment, structural beams allowed for wide-open spaces. Nine-foot t-bar ceilings were incorporated and the exterior walls featured large, multiple windows to maximize natural light. To minimize on-site disruption, the build team installed the modules on a temporary block and pad wood foundation. Between each module is a site-built corridor that complements the classrooms with wood finishes, carpeting, skylights and accent lighting. We reduced the building footprint by utilizing corridor space for student lockers. To further enhance the learning environment, we also included high-efficiency, wall-mounted, self-contained HVAC units that optimize zoning control and have minimal noise intrusion. They also help maintain indoor air quality levels.
Thanks to the innovative and collaborative work of the Britco team, we were able to provide four classrooms that not only met the expectations of our client, but were delivered on time and without any major disruption to the students or staff or nearby neighbourhood.