Edmonton, Alberta

Ben Calf Robe- St. Clare Elementary/Junior High School

Project Details


$20 Million


August 2022


74,000 sq. ft.


Indigenous School Design Specialty Consultant

The new Ben Calf Robe – St. Clare Catholic Elementary/Junior High School is a unique two-story facility designed to honour Indigenous culture and enrich the student learning experience. The new facility can accommodate up to 700 students from Kindergarten to Grade 9.

In April 2019, aodbt, in association with BR2 Architecture, was retained by Edmonton Catholic Schools to design and administer the delivery of the proposed Ben Calf Robe – St. Clare Replacement School in North Edmonton.

The main focus of the school design was to create an inclusive and open learning environment that celebrates Indigenous learning and culture while taking into consideration of Catholic values and traditions. The core of the school is centred around a fully glazed cultural room, and amphitheatre type seating is provided along the stairs to the second level. An open concept library and viewing areas to the gymnasium and multi-purpose rooms are included on the second floor.

The school features flexible learning spaces and connectivity to the outdoors. There are dedicated cultural spaces to support Indigenous teachings, reflecting the significance of Indigenous culture in programming, including traditional dancing, drumming, singing, Elder teachings, land teachings, daily smudging ceremonies, pipe ceremonies, beading, Métis jigging. The new school also includes a modern kitchen and dining area for the delivery of food programs offered at the school.

This school is designed to achieve a minimum standard of LEED® V4 Silver Certification. The design resulted in a durable, sustainable building that enhances student learning, safety and accessibility.

Photo Credit:

Adam Borman Photo