Dr. Anne Anderson High School
Architecture, Interior Design, Indigenous School Design Specialty Consultant
aodbt architecture + interior design, in association with BR2 Architecture, was retained by the Edmonton Public Schools as part of an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Team to design and administer the delivery of the new Dr. Anne Anderson High School in Heritage Valley in Edmonton, Alberta.
The new Dr. Anne Anderson School features 220,000 square feet of floor space and is designed to host 1,800 students, with capacity in the core for up to 2,400 students. The school has 90 classrooms and five career and technology spaces including two labs, a culinary arts kitchen and foods, and healthcare learning spaces for students. There are art classrooms, a dance studio, and an external amphitheatre that can be used as a classroom or performance space. In the centre of the building is a student gathering area that focuses on a central fireplace. Around that is a stylized teepee, which is in honour of Dr. Anne Anderson, and each of the teepee poles has Cree words that define the legacy of the namesake, Dr. Anne Anderson. Dr. Anne Anderson was a dedicated author and teacher who was instrumental in preserving the Cree language and promoting Métis heritage in Alberta and Canada.
Unique to this project, the Edmonton Public School partnered with the City of Edmonton to include additional shared recreational space in the overall design of the school. The Dr. Anne Anderson Community Centre features a gymnasium, a fitness centre, an elevated indoor running track, and multipurpose rooms.
This school is designed to achieve a minimum standard of LEED® V4 Silver Certification.
Awards and Publications
- Lean in Design Award, Lean Construction Institute (LCI) (2021)