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Education | Atlantic Canada

École Secondaire du Sommet

Bedford, Nova Scotia

Ecole Secondaire du Sommet is an exciting, unique, landmark school and community centre in Bedford South which serves 300+ students in grades 6-12 as well as the vibrant French-speaking community.

The school was developed around a simple cruciform shape which maximizes the ability to maintain safe, secure academic space while also offering the public/private zoning that is necessary for after-hours and public use of the school’s facilities. A two-storey circulation avenue featuring a clerestory links the multi-function and community spaces, floods the area with natural light, and enlivens key spaces in the building.

This project was designed to LEED Silver standards and features rainwater reuse technology and a green roof. Designed as a joint use facility for the community, high goals were set for the use of recycled materials, regional materials and certified wood. Special attention was paid to creating a sustainable site such as conserving open space and avoiding sensitive areas.