Balwin School


This was a complete makeover, inside and out.

Balwin Junior High School was originally built in stages, starting in the 1950s, with further development into the late 60’s. Our mandate with this project was to take this aging mid-century high school and transform it into a Kindergarten to Grade 9 school for the new millennium.
Part of the project involved demolishing an existing one-storey wing. As for the remaining structure, nothing was left untouched as we restored, replaced, or renovated practically every square foot. We replaced flooring, cabinetry and windows. We installed new mechanical and electrical systems, and put in a new gym floor. Outside we built a new parking lot and a new, re-designed entryway to the building. And we did it all in phases, so the school remained fully operational and the disruption to students and staff was minimal.

This revitalized school was built with the needs of today’s students and faculty in mind: The right-sized spaces to suit current program needs. Comfortable and inviting social spaces. Modern communications technology. Our satisfaction comes from knowing that this was not just about upgrading an older building, it was about creating an environment for a whole new educational experience.

Unique Features

  • Exterior courtyard converted into enclosed student gathering place
  • Upgraded roof assemblies
  • Comprehensive telecommunications technology and Wi-Fi coverage

Project Facts

  • Client: Edmonton Public Schools
  • Prime Consultant: Group2 Architecture
  • Sq. Ft.: 80,000
  • Dollar Value: $11,207,300
  • Project Duration: 22 months
  • Project Description: Major renovation and upgrades to existing school building