Owner: Lambton Kent District School Board
Location: Sarnia, Ontario
Size: 2,750 sf
The Sarnia Education Centre is home to the administrative staff of the Lambton Kent District School Board. The Board Room renovation provided the opportunity to bring a state of the art conferencing and meeting facility to the disposal of our client. The project began by removing an inverted concrete shell supporting fixed seating, to allow for one large, flat, multi-functional plane. Existing mechanical and electrical infrastructure had been completely removed and replaced with new, highly efficient systems designed to support the diverse requirements of modern communications technology. Careful attention and study to the acoustic response of existing curved masonry walls resulted in thoughtful treatment of finish materials.Structural reinforcing and the strategic insertion of several large structural members allowed for the installation of a large operable partition; providing divisible flexibility to the space with the ability to accommodate a small meeting for a three, simultaneous meetings, or with the flick of a switch, gatherings exceeding 100. Increased functional space has promoted greater attendance and involvement at Board meetings, while upgraded communications technology supports the need for virtual communication and multimedia presentations.