Garth Webb Secondary

 / Maintenance, Durability & Standardization

Priscilla Ladouceur / Hossack & Associates Architects

Garth Webb Secondary
The solid maple seating in the Forum provides a warm yet durable low maintenance surface for cleaning. Since the school opening, additional benches have been added on the opposite side of the blue wall due to ‘high demand’.

Priscilla Ladouceur, Principal

Throughout the school, the materials used are highly durable and low maintenance. For example,  we used a cost effective porcelain tile in high traffic circulation areas, and vinyl composite tile in classrooms which don’t wear as quickly as the hallways. 

It can be tempting to use gypsum board for walls because of the lower upfront cost to purchase and install. We elected to go with masonry construction which in the long run, gives a considerably more durable finish than drywall. 

Anything we felt had a long shelf life we kept the palette neutral to prevent the school from feeling dated.  Floor tiles and millwork, are in neutral, warm tones but splashes of trendy, bright colours were used in easy to paint spaces to keep things interesting and fresh.