The redevelopment of Vancouver College focuses on the creation of a sense of place for the only all boys independent Catholic school in British Columbia. A new courtyard will connect new middle school and elementary school buildings with existing senior school facilities. Key components include a new chapel, residences for the Christian Brothers, and retention of the historic 1924 Lannon Hall facade and McCormack Hall entry doors, both iconic connections to Vancouver College’s historic past.
The Phase 1A Manrell Hall middle school was completed in 2018. The Phase 1B elementary school and chapel are scheduled for completion in 2020.
Completed in 2018, Manrell Hall is a 4,350 square metre middle school that focuses on the educational stage bridging elementary and senior school. The three-storey, rectilinear red brick-clad building is designed to maximize shared formal and informal learning spaces with classrooms arranged in learning neighbourhoods to support a 21st century learning pedagogy. Manrell Hall features a spacious sky-lit entry lobby, dining hall, founders atrium and campus ministry. The facility is the first phase of a master plan developed by Acton Ostry Architects for Vancouver College, the only all boys independent Catholic school in British Columbia.
Scheduled for completion in 2020, the new 5,000 square metre Lord Tennyson Elementary School is a French Immersion school to more than 400 students from kindergarten to Grade 7. Located in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver, the LEED Gold target project will feature state-of-the-art 21st century learning environments on the first and second floors and a 69-space City of Vancouver child care centre with an expansive outdoor play area on the third floor. The project is a partnership between the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Vancouver School Board, and the City of Vancouver.
Completed in 2016, the 8,360 square metre Vancouver Talmud Torah is Vancouver’s largest Jewish elementary school. The plan addresses the multiple spatial and infrastructure constraints that hinder the existing building. Vancouver Talmud Torah accommodates preschool programs, kindergarten, and grades 1 through 7. The renewed school welcomes students in a collaborative and project-based learning environment, where they can acquire skills paramount to the 21st century.