Rundle College Elementary is a two-storey primary school constructed adjacent to a junior and senior high school on the same site. Rundle College is the final piece to the puzzle in creating a campus for all grades- from kindergarten to twelve. Widened roadways, sidewalks, landscaping and trees were integrated to accommodate the additional volume of pedestrians and vehicles and facilitate better flow of traffic throughout the campus.
Student-focused learning was the grounding factor in all design and construction decisions made during the project. The school features a combination of independent learning spaces and 28 traditional classrooms, as well as a gymnasium, music and art rooms, Learning Commons and a Great Hall. The concept of primordial design in schools of “watering holes, camp fires and caves” was a guiding practice in providing spaces where students can learn collaboratively as a group, while also giving learners an opportunity to work independently.
The Learning Commons (to be used as an event area and collaborative learning space) features 11 breakout spaces throughout to meet the unique learning needs of each student. Curtainwall along the west façade of level one of the Learning Commons creates an unencumbered view to the Rocky Mountains, as well as provides great access to natural light. The Great Hall is a two-storey open-to-below concept, with full height curtainwall and accented with glulam wood, high-end fixtures and finishes. Three large skylights disbursed throughout the main floor of the building provide additional access to natural light.