Winner of a Governor General’s Award in Architecture in 1986 and recognized in the Millennium Celebration of Canadian Architecture in 2000, Athabasca Delta Community School is situated in the historic remote Northern Alberta community of Fort Chipewyan (population 1,500) that is only accessible by winter road or air.
Designed to accommodate 450 students from preschool through Grade 12, the school is also a community hub, supporting continuing education and recreation programs for young adults in the area. The design concept is structured around native educational objectives. The building form is modeled in part on the historic fur trading posts first established in the 18th century in the Fort Chipewyan/Lake Athabasca area.
The sustainable building design makes use of locally sourced, low-maintenance materials and incorporates the heavy timber frame structure of the local vernacular.