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Queen Mary Elementary School

Photo by Bob Matheson

Queen Mary Elementary School underwent a complete redevelopment, including the renovation and seismic upgrade of the school’s iconic 1914 collegiate, gothic-style red brick building, and a significant new addition to the facility to house classrooms, learning commons library, multipurpose room, school commons and gymnasium.

Vancouver Board of Education SD #39
Vancouver, BC
Gold Equivalent LEED
54,200 sq ft Size
2017 Completed

An iconic 1914 collegiate, gothic-style red brick building, Queen Mary Elementary School was completely restored and renovated to support BC’s new curriculum with open and collaborative learning spaces. IBI Group completed the Project Definition Report (PDR) feasibility phase for the renewal and seismic upgrade of the historic school, developing a series of concept plans which represented full retention, partial retention, and replacement options.

The redevelopment of Queen Mary Elementary School incorporates the renovation and seismic upgrade of the facility’s 1914 building, along with a significant new addition. The design combines the new and existing facilities to enable the building to function as a single, unified building, which is accessible throughout for those with disabilities.

Incorporating both the Vancouver School Board’s 21st Century/Next Generation educational principles and Neighbourhood of Learning Enhancements, the school has been divided into four small learning communities. Each community comprises a number of classrooms with a shared Da Vinci commons space and other shared facilities and resources. This configuration provides a number of benefits enabling an increased variety of teaching modalities, heightened identity and intimacy within the overall school facility, as well as reduced requirements for supervision of students moving between areas.

The IBI design team led an extensive public consultation process to address the aspirations of the District, teaching staff and administrators, students, Parent Advisory Council, Out of School Care providers, Park Board, the neighbourhood residents’ association and the general public. The school is designed to house 350 students in grades 1-7, 40 students in kindergarten and will also incorporate a neighbourhood of learning areas including before and after school care facilities.

Photo by Bob Matheson

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Anita Leonoff

Director | Office Lead, Vancouver
Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, BC

Anita Leonoff joined IBI Group shortly after graduating from UBC’s Architecture School and learned quickly. In the mid 1980s, Anita began the renovation work on the Hotel Vancouver, one of her longest running projects and one she continues to work on to this day. In the 1990s, Anita took on the local work for Holt Renfrew which at the time was renovation work. This later turned into a new store for Vancouver, followed by Calgary, and a number in Ontario and Quebec, which is a testament to her work. Anita’s areas of specialty include institutional and hospitality facilities design, retail and office tenant fit-ups, heritage renovations, and the management of the approvals and public consultation processes.