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OCTOBER 2019 | 59 PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY BERRY ARCHITECTURE + ASSOCIATES have access for their studies. "For the latter, a glassed-in observation deck was created overlooking several class- rooms, so the students could observe how classes are conducted," says Henry. Energy efficient systems included a solar chimney – a first for an Alberta school – that circulates the air to reduce heating and cooling costs, as well as the solar panels. In order to fulfill the school board's wish that Westpark stand out visu- ally, the architects used split face block for the first seven feet of the building's exterior, and metal siding of different colours above that, capped by an angled portion of rooftop that cantilevers gracefully outward. "Inside the flooring is mostly polished concrete, and the ceil- ing is T-bar with exposed areas – again, something the students requested for the sake of seeing normally hidden building areas," says Flinn. Ground broke on the proj- ect in October of 2017, with Shunda Consulting & Construction Management undertaking strict safety and noise restriction precautions to ensure the existing middle school remained fully operational through- out the building process. "Despite the site constraints and unusually wet weather, the construction was uneventful," says Della Ruston, associ- ate superintendent, system services, at Red Deer Public Schools. Ruston adds, "Wherever the stu- dents walk in Westpark, they're learning. We couldn't be more excited with our new school." To which Henry adds by way of conclusion, "If it inspires copycat schools down the road, I would be equally thrilled." A LOCATION 3310 55th Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta OWNER/DEVELOPER Red Deer Public Schools ARCHITECT Berry Architecture + Associates GENERAL CONTRACTOR Shunda Consulting & Construction Management Ltd. STRUCTURAL CONSULTANT LEX3 Engineering Inc. MECHANICAL CONSULTANT Remedy Engineering ELECTRICAL CONSULTANT Acuity Engineering & Consulting Services Ltd. TOTAL SIZE 55,720 square feet TOTAL COST $18 million Westpark Middle School Proud to have served as the structural engineering partner, LEX3 congratulates Red Deer Public Schools District, Berry Architecture, and Shunda Consulting & Construction Management on the Westpark Middle School Project! Calgary 303-255, 17th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta T2S 2T8 Red Deer #403 4909 49 Street, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 1V1 Edmonton UnitB, 10187 104 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0Z9 LEX3_AWARD_1019.indd 1 9/18/19 12:31 PM Alpine Drywall Plastering & Interiors Co. Ltd. Proud to have supplied and installed the Walls & Ceilings on the Westpark Middle School project — Congratulations! tel. 403.348.8640 100 - 121 Clearwill Ave. | Red Deer County, AB AlpineDrywallRD_AWARD_1019.indd 1 9/26/19 11:44 AM

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