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The new Stadacona School: the first Lab-École to be built

Press Release - The Centre de services scolaires de la Capitale (CSSC) and Lab-École are pleased to announce the opening of the new Stadacona Elementary School, which will welcome its first students in 2022. This school is also the first of six Lab-École projects to be completed.

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Press release - The Centre de services scolaires de la Capitale (CSSC) and Lab-École are pleased to announce the opening of the new Stadacona Elementary School, which will welcome its first students on August 29. This school is also the first of 6 Lab-École projects to be launched in Quebec.

Lab-École proposes a new way of designing Quebec schools that uses innovative initiatives in the areas of physical environment, healthy and active lifestyle and nutrition. Created in close collaboration with each community, these laboratory schools, open to the community, place the student at the center of their reflections and are adapted to their needs and those of the staff who accompany them on a daily basis.

A TIERED SCHOOL WITH A COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL FOCUS

The innovative architectural concept of the Stadacona school, designed by Jérôme Lapierre Architecte and Lab-École, and realized by ABCP architecture, is based on a tiered construction, which multiplies access to the exterior thanks to its habitable roofs. The school includes collaborative spaces, a bleacher, a kitchen and a dining room that can be opened to the community outside of school hours. The strong and sustainable architectural image allows for the development of a true school and community living environment.

The project represents an investment of $25.8 M$ by the Ministry of Education (MEQ). This school becomes the 68th institution and the 47th elementary school on the CSSC territory, which has over 31,000 students. Located at the western end of the Limoilou district, at the corner of François-1er Avenue and de l'Espinay Street, the school includes 4 preschool classes and 16 elementary classes. It will accommodate 317 students from kindergarten to grade 6.

"I am delighted with the opening of Stadacona School, which will become a place of encounter, discovery and learning for generations of students in the Limoilou district. I would like to thank all of the partners who have provided the students and staff with a modern school with an inspiring environment that is conducive to academic growth and success.

Pierre Lapointe, Director General of the Centre de services scolaires de la Capitale

"The Stadacona School is the result of more than five years of work, and I am extremely proud and moved to finally see the children take ownership of the spaces we have imagined for them. The school fits perfectly into Limoilou and will be one of the most beautiful places in the neighborhood. It's a school that will make children want to go there every morning with a smile, and nothing makes me happier!"

Pierre Thibault, architect and co-founder of the Lab-École

"We dream of every school having a lunchroom, a space to eat outside, and that these places become opportunities to meet, learn and exchange. Stadacona School is beautiful and it has all that. It's like a big house where you can relax and rest. What is beautiful and important is that it is open to its neighborhood, that the whole community can benefit from it. A school that belongs to Limoilou for Limoilou.

Ricardo Larrivée, chef, host, co-founder of Ricardo Media and co-founder of Lab-École

"The Stadacona school is a laboratory school where we will test and evaluate new ideas and ways of doing things. It has a courtyard with one of the most beautiful views in Quebec City and children will be able to play safely on the roof. It is now one of those schools that will help influence future construction to make it a better environment for school stakeholders and Quebec children."

Pierre Lavoie, co-founder of the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie, athlete, speaker and co-founder of Lab-École

ABOUT THE CAPITAL SCHOOL SERVICE CENTER
The Centre de services scolaires de la Capitale is the 9th largest school service center in Quebec. Mainly located in Quebec City, the CSSC is present in :

- the boroughs of La Cité-Limoilou, des Rivières and La Haute-Saint-Charles;
- the municipality of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier;
- the cities of Fossambault-sur-le-Lac, Lac-Saint-Joseph, Shannon and Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier.

School website: school-stadacona.cssc.gouv.qc.ca
CSSC Website: https://cssc.gouv.qc.ca/
The registration period for CSSC facilities for the 2022-2023 school year has ended. For the 2023-2024 year, the period will be between February 6 and 14, 2023.


ABOUT THE LAB-SCHOOL

Lab-École is a non-profit organization financially supported by the MEQ whose mission is to bring together multidisciplinary expertise to design the schools of tomorrow; schools that meet the needs and realities of students and those who accompany them.

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Stadacona Elementary School

The Quebec School Lab

Context

Founded in 2017, Lab-École is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring together multidisciplinary expertise to design the schools of tomorrow. Under the impetus of its three founding members, Pierre Thibault, Pierre Lavoie and Ricardo Larrivée, Lab-École intends to mobilize this collective thinking to turn it into a social project. Five years later, the first Lab-École is getting ready to welcome its first students.


The Lab-École aims to become a catalyst for change and innovation to create the best schools, those that fully promote the well-being, the development of everyone's potential and the success of students and all those around them. By proposing a redesigned physical environment, acting on the development of a healthy and active lifestyle and promoting healthy eating, the Lab-École wants to serve as a model for the future generation of elementary schools in Quebec and around the world.


In order to apply, test and measure these proposals, 6 school service centers/school boards are accompanied by the Lab-École in the design and realization of their own school project.

The six projects: https://www.lab-ecole.com/projets-selectionnes-lab-ecole/

Stadacona School

The first of six Lab-École schools to be built, Stadacona School is located in Vieux-Limoilou, on the edge of the Vanier district. This area has experienced a significant demographic increase in recent years, which has led to overcrowding in the three surrounding elementary schools. The new school will therefore make it possible to respond to this new demographic context, while at the same time being part of a major revitalization project for this sector of the city, which has a high deprivation index.

A habitable threshold

The new Stadacona School is the result of a collaboration between the Lab-École team, Jérôme Lapierre Architect, ABCP architecture and the Centre de services scolaires de la Capitale (CSSC). Consultation with teachers, children and CSSC professionals was very important in order to create a physical environment that meets their needs and contributes to their well-being and educational success.


The school is easily accessible by active transportation, mainly by foot. Within a reasonable walking distance (1.6 km), there are also many green spaces, such as Cartier-Brébeuf Park along the St. Charles River, the Grand Marché de Québec just a few steps away and the Patro Roc-Amadour.

A double gymnasium full of light

The school will house 20 classrooms, including 4 preschools and 16 elementary schools, as well as spaces for collaboration and dining. Given the composition of its future clientele and the surrounding population, the school has a decidedly community and social vocation. Due to the dense urban context, the project favours a vertical typology and uses the potential of its roofs to increase the capacity of the outdoor play areas.


The school will house 20 classrooms, including 4 preschools and 16 elementary schools, as well as spaces for collaboration and dining. Given the composition of its future clientele and the surrounding population, the school has a decidedly community and social vocation. Due to the dense urban context, the project favours a vertical typology and uses the potential of its roofs to increase the capacity of the outdoor play areas.

Stadacona School has :

- A reception courtyard that serves as a connection between the neighborhood, the school, its heart and the backyard.
- Locker rooms off the hallways, strategically positioned at the various entrances making it a "bootless" school.
- A bleacher: the community heart of the school. A hub of a thousand and one activities, it allows students to gather for events, in addition to being a place for reading.
- The library is divided up to be closer to the children and to encourage the consultation and borrowing of books for all ages.
- A double gymnasium whose acoustics, abundant windows and mezzanine enhance the experience of both users and spectators.
- A huge island at the top of the stage that can accommodate a whole class or the children of the daycare for culinary activities.
- Corridors that are not corridors... they are learning streets. Free of checkrooms, you can do projects, individual or team work and also relax by reading a good book, for example.
- In cycles 2 and 3, classes are grouped around common spaces called learning communities. Students will converge there to complete assignments and projects in several school disciplines.
- A magnificent outdoor classroom, with a breathtaking view of Quebec City.
- Livable roofs that are an extension of the yard where children can play safely.
- Outdoor spaces that are places of discovery and learning, at children's level.
- Layouts and furniture that allow flexibility and versatility in the use of spaces, according to needs.

Laboratory" school

A consortium of researchers led by the Faculty of Education of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) has been mandated to assess the impact of Lab-École on the educational success and well-being of students and the staff who accompany them.


Cost
This project represents an investment of $25.8M$ by the Department of Education.

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