Completion Date: September 2012
Owner: Durham Catholic District School Board
Partner in Charge: Cid Cugini
Design/Project Architect: Hagit Waisman
mc Project Team: Alfredo Cabang, Michelle Gallagher, Richard Kowalski, Mario Rovina
Ajax Williamson is a new two storey JK-8 school highlighting an efficient plan both in its program and circulation. The school’s design creates a multifunctional student centre by integrating a stage that opens both to the Library and the school’s Gymnasium. The layout of the Library is open and flexible encouraging creative use of space by allowing for a variety of functions to take place.
The placement of the school on its site creates an urban gathering space at the intersection of Williamson Drive and Thackery Drive. It establishes itself as a community building within a thriving new residential neighbourhood. The playground and field align themselves with the adjacent park to take advantage of the open green space which abuts the school’s property. Solar panels are integrated into the design to exemplify to the community the Board’s commitment to the environment and will be used as an educational tool for the students.