The impetus for the Father Leduc Catholic School emerged from a need to serve the growing Catholic community of Leduc, Alberta, in a way that aligned with the values of the Saint Thomas Aquinas Roman (STAR) Catholic School Division.
Modern Catholic symbolism serves as the central inspiration for the K-9 school design. The stakeholders’ desire to reflect the School Division’s moral character within the building concept is expressed most clearly by its distinctive massing, reminiscent of a cross. Supports for contemporary learning and teaching practices were also prioritized. Through extensive consultation with teachers, students, neighbours, and the community at large, we brought to life a school uniquely responsive to the needs of the community.
WELCOMING TO THE COMMUNITY
The building's design takes advantage of its prominent corner location and reaches out toward the community through its overhang volume that extends the learning commons room over the exterior gathering space--a subtle, yet effective welcoming for occupants and visitors alike. The cross-like shape of the building and its orientation on the site connects entrances with access points, and allows for unobstructed occupant flow within the building and on the site.
LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Designed to LEED® Silver standards, this sustainable new building will be a source of pride in the community for years to come.