St. Francis High School

St. Francis High School

Project Summary

Several additions and extensive internal alterations were used to transform the existing school into the high technology “School of Tomorrow” desired by the Lincoln Country Catholic School Board (now known as the Niagara Catholic District School Board). Additions house a new entrance/meeting area, a new cafeteria and a new arts/music wing. Mechanical and electrical services were added and/or upgraded and fire protection systems brought up to modern standards. In addition to refitting many of the classrooms, several high tech labs were installed and retrofitted for the computer based study of modern communications and manufacturing technologies.

In addition to providing state-of-the-art technology labs within the building constructed thirty years ago, the transformation of the school’s front facade to that appropriate for a new high tech high school was a considerable challenge. A new covered arcade extends a welcoming hand to the street and provides shelter for the many bused students’ daily arrivals and departures. The transformed entrance provides an exciting new identity for the school as well as much needed space for student and staff mingling and interaction. The new lobby also provides access via a new stair to the second floor addition of a gym mezzanine which is used as a spectator gallery and multi-use space.

The design of this project was carried out by Baker and Elmes Architects. Ian Elmes and Richard Baker joined the Quartek team in 2006 . Ian is now a Senior Associate Architect and Richard is a Senior Advisory Consultant at Quartek Group Inc.