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Drummondville High-School: a symbiotic relationship with nature


By Johanne Laurin 9 June 2022

For the past year, the EBC team has been building a new high school in Drummondville for the Société québécoise des infrastructures (SIQ).

Located in the Saint-Nicéphore area, the new educational establishment part of the Centre de services scolaire des Chênes will accommodate 1,256 students, at the start of the 2024 school year. The school will house 43 classrooms, 6 science laboratories, 8 art rooms, an auditorium with a stage and 400 seats, 5 sports platforms, an outdoor multisport soccer field with natural lawn, two basketball courts, two beach volleyball courts, and an outdoor parking lot with a bus drop-off area.

The building’s roof will have a green section that abuts the Boisbriand Park, to the south of the city. Located on Charlemagne Street, the site offers exceptional scenery for students and staff due to its proximity to dense woodland, including protected wetlands.

The U-shaped building allows for common areas on its ground floor with large windows with views of the surrounding wooded area. The entrance hall, atrium, auditorium, and cafeteria constitute the heart of the project. Furthermore, access to the roof on either side of the building will link the neighboring residential and wooded areas. The sports infrastructures will be deployed in conjunction with the nearby elementary school. Teaching rooms will be set up on the educational block’s 2nd and 3rd floors to maximize access to natural light. The school will also be available to the community for special use.

This is an SQI major project to be executed under an integrated design process (IDP) approach with BIM management and it targets LEED silver certification. Works will end in November 2023.

We would like to thank the Société québécoise des infrastructures for trusting our expertise and our work.