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about school design and creates exciting
new visions for education. The design
focused on creating a comfortable inclusive environment; with a welcoming
entrance, which encourages new-toCanada parents and grandparents to
connect with others in their community,
natural daylight filled learning spaces,
flexibility for different learning opportunities, fusion of inside and outside
environments, common learning centres, outdoor classrooms, and connection to the community.
The stakeholder group established
goals that the school was to meet. One
such goal was to create a design that
would facilitate an open and easily
accessible facility for community use,
and act as a community hub to be connected to the community's network of
walking trails. Keeping light pollution
from trespassing into neighbouring
homes and the night sky was also a
key goal for the school which is closely
bound by the residential neighbourhood. Also, it was important that the
school contribute to a healthy learning
environment for students and staff,
which was achieved through elements
such as access to natural light, views
to the outdoors, and air quality testing
prior to building occupancy.
The new neighbourhood in which the
school is a part of, was planned anticipating that the school would become the
community centre and public library

PROJECT FACTS

ocated in one of Winnipeg's
newest and expanding neighbourhoods in north Winnipeg
at 1575 Templeton Avenue, the
Amber Trails Community School in
the Seven Oaks School Division officially received LEED Platinum designation on December 7th, 2016. This
is the first school in Manitoba to be
certified LEED Platinum, and only the
second in Canada following the lead of
the Dr. David Suzuki Public School in
Windsor, Ontario.
Built with provincial funding through
the Public Schools Finance Board and
guided by the principles of the Seven
Oaks School Division to reduce overall
operating costs, the school has achieved
an overall energy use reduction of 68%
less than a model building, exceeding
energy use expectations while simultaneously achieving over 60% water
reduction (10% over the estimated savings). Originally targeting LEED Gold;
geothermal heating, in-floor heating,
and efficient lighting fixtures further
helped reduce the energy needs of the
school and achieve higher certification.
Prairie Architects Inc. worked with
the Public Schools Finance Board and
Seven Oaks School Division in the
design of a birth to Grade 8 school as a
sustainable prototype for other similar
schools in Winnipeg. The new school
is situated in the heart of the community, and challenges existing paradigms

PHOTO: LINDSAY REID

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for the area. As such, the school was
designed with public access in mind
and incorporates large glass walls and
entrances facing onto the street opening into to the large entry and learning
commons, as well as the gymnasium
and kitchen. This design requirement
challenged the typical design notion that
the gymnasium should be a windowless,
large mass tucked at the back of a school.
Instead, the design of the new Amber
Trails Community School, demonstrates
that these new prototype school facilities
are open and accessible to all, with the
vibrant glow of activities spilling out
through the windows on many dark,
Winnipeg winter nights.
To lessen the impact on children
going to school in such a large facility,
the academic spaces are broken down
and designed as 'schools within a
school.' Four 'academies' of 150 students
each; are the home base for the students
throughout their time at the school. A
day care and early learning centre is
anchored within the school and benefits from shared access throughout.
Three levels of outdoor play have been
designed: an exterior courtyard off of
the early years classrooms for intensive
play; a semi-public zone around the
school providing active play centres
for middle grade children; and a public
area which connects into the trails of
the community and provides a fitness
trail for all.
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Owner:
Seven Oaks School Division
Location:
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Area:
85,000 Square Feet
Cost:
$24 Million
Status:
Opened January 2015
Contractor:
Bockstael Construction Ltd.
Consultants:
Architect: Prairie Architects Inc./Structural
Engineering: Wolfrom Engineering Ltd./
Mechanical & Electrical Engineering:
Enermodal Engineering. Ltd. (now MMM
Group)/Landscape Architect: HTFC Planning
& Design/Interior Design: Prairie Architects
Inc./Sustainable Project Management:
Prairie Architects Inc./Commissioning:
Integrated Designs Inc.



MASBO News - 2018

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MASBO News - 2018

MASBO 2017–2018 Executive
2017–2018 Committees
Message from the Minister
Message from the MASBO President
Message from the Executive Director
Honourary/Life Members
MASBO Annual Convention: New Generational Leadership
Member Profile: Al Leiman, Secretary-Treasurer, Interlake School Division
MASBO Says Farewell
Creating an Environment for Change: A Whole School Approach
Reinventing the School Bus Tender Process
The Working Mind & Mental Health First Aid
Amber Trails Community School
New Captain of the Ship? Tips for a Steady Course
Leadership: Finding Your Potential
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
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MASBO News - 2018 - Message from the MASBO President
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MASBO News - 2018 - MASBO Annual Convention: New Generational Leadership
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MASBO News - 2018 - Member Profile: Al Leiman, Secretary-Treasurer, Interlake School Division
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MASBO News - 2018 - MASBO Says Farewell
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MASBO News - 2018 - Creating an Environment for Change: A Whole School Approach
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MASBO News - 2018 - Reinventing the School Bus Tender Process
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MASBO News - 2018 - The Working Mind & Mental Health First Aid
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MASBO News - 2018 - Amber Trails Community School
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MASBO News - 2018 - New Captain of the Ship? Tips for a Steady Course
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MASBO News - 2018 - Leadership: Finding Your Potential
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