École Au-cœur-de-l’île

Type of Building
4,500 sq. m.
McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd.
Structural Engineer
Equilibrium Consulting Inc.
Construction Manager
Ketza Pacific
Project Owner
Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique/B.C.’s Francophone School District No. 93
Solid-Sawn Heavy Timber, Millwork, Paneling

This school has a relaxed yet productive environment with a warm, welcoming feeling that will stay relevant and in trend for many years into the future.

Sylvain Allison, Secretary Treasurer Conseil Scolaire Francophone de la Colombie Britannique, School District 93

Project Overview

École Au-cœur-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. 

Wood Use

Wood Roof: Elegant And Functional

École Au-cœur-de-l’île's award-winning 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.