Our Projects - Educational

 

Atoskiwin Training and Employment Centre

Client: Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation
Location: Nelson House Manitoba
Completion: May 2006
Project Details: New Construction, Institutional. Total project value $6,889,800.

 

Deer Lake School

Client: Deer Lake First Nation
Location:
Deer Lake, Ontario
Completion: 2005
Description: Parkwest Projects Ltd. was awarded the contract as the General Contractor for the construction of a new school for the Deer Lake First Nation. This much needed facility was the result of a ~$14 million grant provided by the Government of Canada for its construction. The 3, 561 sq. metre school contains classes from Kindergarten through Grade 10. It has a capacity of up to 354 students with 10 different classrooms, a gymnasium, library and resource centre, facility of Native Language and special education usages, amongst other specialised education areas.

The design concept of this new K-12 school at Deer Lake First Nation is Deep Roots - New Beginnings. This concept connects pride and hope for the future based on contemporary educational values, with important deep rooted native cultural traditions and connection with the land.

The elementary, senior and community focus functions are designed around sky lit lanterns that reach out of the building signifying hope and new beginnings and extend down in a gesture of connection to the earth. Sky lit imagery acknowledges both traditional dwellings as well as the spruce trees of the site.

Exterior and interior colours are based on a harmony of green and gold—the natural colours of the trees, lichens and grasses one encounters in the surrounding forest. Use of exposed wood structure echoes traditional construction

 

École Rivière-Rouge

Client: Seven Oaks School Division
Location:
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Completed: 2016
Description: Parkwest Projects Ltd. was contracted to provide General Contracting services for this new build, 4,790m2 (51,652 ft2) K-5 French Immersion school, early learning and childcare centre was constructed under an accelerated construction schedule. Our project delivery methods resulted in the successful delivery of the facility ahead of schedule, well before the non-negotiable in-service date. The early learning centre includes preschool classrooms with an adjacent two room day-care for toddlers and infants. Included in the K-5 area of the building is 8 different classrooms plus a full-sized gym and a mini-gym, a music classroom and full library.

The project incorporated sustainable design features in both a visible and educational manner in its effort of targeting and obtaining LEED Gold certification. Parkwest Projects had a dedicated LEED coordinator on the construction team for the duration of the project. Prairie Architects integrated Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into the design of the school, which Parkwest successfully implemented. 

Parkwest Projects self performed all concrete works, including forming, rebar placement, finishing and more. Additional self-performed work included rough carpentry, window and door installation and rough site grading.

Photography by © Lindsay Reid

 

Gaynor Family Regional Library

Client: City of Selkirk
Location:
Selkirk, Manitoba
Completion: February 2014
Description: Parkwest Projects Ltd. was selected as the contractor to complete the construction of the new 21,845 sq. ft. Gaynor Family Library located in Selkirk, Manitoba. This multi-use facility included the construction of the community library itself, a small restaurant, and the offices of the Red River Planning district. Common reading areas were created, and a bright and fun children’s space was constructed in the library. Reclaimed ash was used to finish the ceiling and floor to ceiling windows, bringing nature into the interior environment.

 

Templeton K-5 School

Client: Seven Oaks School Division
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Completion: In Progress
Project Details: Parkwest Projects was contracted in April 2019 to complete the construction of the 56,423 square foot school for the Seven Oaks School Division. The school is set to open in September 2020 and will sever 450 students. A daycare facility is also part of the project which will provide space for 75 children.

This project features a design that allows for lots of natural light, big classrooms, and a large, developed with play and sport area school yard. The school is designed to target LEED Silver certification.

 

Victoria Linklator Memorial School

Client: North Spirit Lake First Nation
Location: North Spirit Lake First Nation, Ontario
Completion: October 2011
Project Details: Parkwest Projects Ltd. completed its very first project as a company with North Spirit Lake First Nation and was able to establish a relationship that carries forward today, including the ability to complete the noted project. North Spirit Lake First Nation is a remote, fly-in, winter road accessible community 170 kilometers north of Red Lake, Ontario.

Generations of community children have been spell- bound by the tales of the Maymayquayshwak, a half-man and half-fish, which has been sighted along the cliffs of North Spirit Lake. The rugged cliffs along the lake, the home of the Maymayquayshwak, are also the inspiration for the new school, connecting the facility to its place and giving it meaning for students, teachers, as well as for community members who use the facility after hours for recreational activities, community functions and feasts.

The 16,630 sq. ft school contains a kindergarten room, four classrooms, a gymnasium and a media centre (computer library/resource facilities), illuminated from above by clerestory lighting. Full height tackable walls running the length of the school hallways form an easel to display students’ artwork.

Construction systems include a glulam wood structure, fir ceiling decking, acrylic stucco, western red cedar cladding, and a pre-finished metal roof.