New school upholds history academic and athletic excellence while promoting inclusiveness to students
Situated in the historic Crescents neighbourhood of Prince George, B.C., Canada, the new Duchess Park Secondary School is a state-of-the-art building designed expressly for a northern climate. The two-level school sustains a diverse educational community of nearly 1000 individuals. The general environment of the school - that of a modern collegiate campus - maintains the school’s rich tradition of academic and athletic excellence while promoting inclusiveness to all of its students.
Well laid out pedestrian paths, ease of snow removal and overall attractive civic presence together with natural, indigenous vegetation complete the site design. Arrivals by car, school bus and on foot were all well considered, resulting in a site layout with minimal conflict between vehicles and pedestrians. Daylight, adaptability and openness of views and spaces provide for a collective learning environment that connects to its users as well as to its larger environmental context. Natural, local materials are used in abundance to provide local contextual identity, starting with the dramatically sloping acoustic wood feature wall against the high-ceiling, triple gymnasium.