Superior Heights Collegiate & Vocational School

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada

Rebuilding a new state of the art secondary school on the same site of an existing 1960’s high school has presented an interesting and challenging opportunity to immediately affect facility renewal changes in this Northern Ontario community.  The creation of this new school brings together two under-enrolled high schools into a 180,000 sf two-storey school that places a curriculum emphasis on healthy active living, trades based technology programs and international languages instruction.  The design of the school is organized around a collective assembly space referred to as the Student Forum, which is the social, physical and psychological centre of the school.  Serving a broad cross section of the community, students with special needs are given their own learning area, and Grades 7 & 8 students will also be part of this new school community.  The re-planning of the site has also presented an opportunity to improve some urban design conditions within the City, and the school achieves this by creating a campus-like environment, with equal consideration for the student and public realm.  Sustainable design features begin at the urban planning level of re-building within a downtown site and extend to include energy conservation savings 30% below Energy Codes. (in association with MGP Architects)


Algoma District School Board


178,000 s.f.


Secondary School Classrooms
Elementary School Classrooms
Science Labs
Family Studies
Music Rooms
Art Rooms
Theatre Arts / Stage / Cafetorium
Computer Labs
Exercise Room & Fitness Room
Broad-based Technology Rooms
Library & Multi-Media Centre
Special & Developmental Education

Sustainable Features

  • Designed to “Green School” Best Practices
  • Environmental & Financial Sustainability
  • Energy Conservation -target 30% reduction in energy & water
  • Energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems
  • Higher insulation for walls/roofs
  • High efficiency plumbing fixtures
  • Abundant natural light, access to views, thermal control
  • Lighting controls and sensors, good acoustics
  • Specifying local and recycled materials
  • Ensure high indoor environmental quality & monitoring
  • Green the Site -Promoting Environmental Stewardship