L’école au Coeur-de-l’île is truly a 21st century school – looking to the future by offering significant educational and environmental benefits. During the day, it delivers cutting-edge learning opportunities for francophone students from kindergarten to Grade 12 in the Courtenay and Comox Valley region; and at night it turns into a hub for the local francophone community. The construction demonstrates the latest sustainable building techniques. The new school, which opened in 2011 to the LEED Gold standard, used existing timber salvaged from the original structure. Other design features include ground source (geothermal) heating and cooling, reuse of rainwater for irrigation and extensive use of low volatile organic compounds (VOC) in construction. In 2012, l’école au Coeur-de-l’île received the Wood WORKS! BC Design Award for Institutional Wood Design – Large. The award recognizes the benefits of wood in a large institutional application while showcasing the special qualities of wood such as strength, durability, beauty, versatility, and costeffectiveness. The judges praised the appropriate and elegant use of wood in the school, especially the use of certified timber in its 3,000-square-metre roof. Studies have shown that the use of wood features for schools provides a relaxed, productive indoor environment, promoting a sense of well-being and creating special places that inspire open thinking and new ideas.
Wood Roof: Elegant And Functional
The L’École Au Coeur-De-L’Île’S Awardwinning Design Features A 3,000-Square-Metre Wood Roof.
Psychological Benefits: Inspires Learning
Wood trim and paneling throughout the school offer students and teachers a comforting, safe environment that reduces stress. Research by the University of British Columbia and FPInnovations concludes that wood interiors reduce stress by creating a comforting, supportive environment.
Best Choice For Community Space
The use of wood makes the school a great location for local francophone community activities. Wood creates relaxed, productive and high-quality learning spaces, with a tangible connection to nature and the outdoors and an aesthetic appeal that cannot be matched by other building materials.