Sk’elep School of Excellence

Location

Kamloops, BC

Completion

2009

Architect

Iredale Architecture

Structural Engineer

Equilibrium Consulting Inc.

Project Owner

Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc Indian Band

Project Materials

Glue-laminated timber (Glulam)

Siding

Structural Systems

Post + beam

Project Overview

As one of the largest First Nations elementary schools in the province, the Sk’elep School of Excellence plays a vital role in teaching and preserving the culture and language of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc.

Wood Use

The school’s geometric design rises boldly from the benchlands above the North Thompson River. Its exterior palette of corrugated metal cladding, stucco, cedar, and cultured stone blends fittingly with the dry, desert-like terrain. The structure features an innovative timber two-way lattice made of sawn hem–fir timber elements. The grids effectively form the wood version of a concrete waffle slab. The gymnasium’s roof trusses consist of an elegant hybrid between glue-laminated timber (glulam) beams and a king-post truss. To achieve this, a pair of glulam beams, symmetrical to the center line, connect together into a king-post truss with double steel-rod bottom chords. This unique timber structure is one of the first of its kind in Canada.