St. Francis Xavier High School
Gloucester, Ontario
Ottawa Catholic School Board
This 171,000 square foot high school was constructed on a twenty-acre site and accommodates 850 students enrolled in grades nine to twelve as well as 450 students in grades 7 and 8. The facility’s components for grades seven and eight were arranged on the 3rd floor, which makes the high school feel smaller and not overwhelming or intimidating.

This new high school is oriented around a glass-enclosed, naturally lit, three storey, centrally located atrium. The use of natural light and open spaces dramatically improve the indoor environment. The continuous roof, which overhangs along the south façade of the building, functions as an effective sun shade in summer and at the same time allows winter sun to come in at a low angle. The building is energy-efficient, and provides an inviting atmosphere for students, staff and visitors.

The school has low consumption plumbing systems and an energy efficient closed loop heat pump system for heating and cooling. Lighting systems throughout the building are high efficient with demand controls. The design meets all the criteria of the High Performance New Construction Program from the Ontario Power Authority (OPA).

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