Community celebrates official opening of Three Oaks High School renovation
Students, educators and the community gathered today in Summerside to officially open the $23 million renovation of Three Oaks Senior High School.
The rebuilding of the 160,000 square foot facility has been underway since the summer of 2016. It is the first major upgrade of the school since it opened in 1976 to replace the Summerside High School on Central Street.
"This major transformation of the school environment provides Three Oaks students with exciting new opportunities to learn," said Premier Wade MacLauchlan. "The high school years are pivotal in our learning journey and we are pleased to make this critical investment in the future of our youth."
The school serves 700 students from Summerside and communities in the surrounding area.
“We have seen many changes in teaching and learning since Three Oaks opened in 1976, and this beautiful, like-new facility is well-equipped to deliver today’s high school curriculum,” said Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Jordan Brown. “This was a challenging project and we acknowledge with deep appreciation the cooperation of so many people who brought it to fruition.”
The rebuilt school includes many new features such as well-equipped science labs, a blackbox theatre, a new outdoor running track and upgraded sports fields, a culinary and foods lab, art lab, elevator, new resource rooms, student breakout rooms, independent study areas and gathering spaces for students.
Many existing spaces received major upgrades such as the library and inter-connecting lecture theatre, music room, cafeteria, kitchen, gymnasium and teacher planning areas. The 31 classrooms and hallways were expanded, and windows were added to improve ventilation and bring more light into the school. New resource and inclusive education spaces are better able to support individual learning needs.
Environmental impact and energy efficiency were primary considerations throughout the planning process. The school is heated by biomass and it is the first Island school to use propane as a back-up rather than oil. More than 70 energy efficient windows were added to increase day lighting and solar heat gain. New LED lighting and roofing with high insulation values also make it a very efficient facility.
The project was designed by Chandler Architecture Inc. and managed by APM construction with the support of many local subcontractors.
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Opened in 1976, Three Oaks High School (TOSH) serves grade 10-12 students in Summerside and serves a number of communities in the surrounding area.
The school is comprised of a cafeteria, a gymnasium, a library, a resource centre, five science labs, an arts and theater program, a Cooperative Education course for grade 11 and 12 students, and a French immersion program. The Career and Technical Educational Centre was constructed adjacent to TOSH in 2012, offering career and technical education to students of three schools.
TOSH is home to a wide-variety of extracurricular sports, such as rugby, golf, soccer, basketball, volleyball, badminton, track and field, cross country, field hockey, powerlifting, triathlon, softball and baseball.
Within the school there are a number of councils that students are encouraged to participate in to enrich their high school experience. These councils include student government, student leadership, arts, and athletics. There are also a number of clubs and activities that keep growing.
The school staff and students take our commitment to the community seriously by participating, volunteering and donating to a variety of charitable organizations and service projects.
The $23.3 million renovation to the 40 year old facility began in the summer of 2016. This major renovation involved re-purposing and upgrading the entire existing 160,000 sq.ft. school. Work was complete in March 2019.
The newly renovated TOSH meets the needs of today’s student and today’s world and is built to continue serving Island students for the next forty years.
Throughout the renovation, the energy efficiency and environmental impact of the school was carefully considered. The renovation is designed to reduce water consumption, be energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- A biomass heating system provides primary heating to the school, with propane as a back-up. This is the first school in PEI to use propane instead of oil
- Improved roof insulation and lighter roof color to reflect sunlight, 40 per cent increase in energy efficient windows (glazing) to increase solar heat gain
- Energy management control system optimizes all mechanical systems to verify efficiency performance through monitoring and historical trends of energy consumption
- New ventilation systems throughout the building including new air handling equipment, and the provision of energy recovery
- Light fixtures inside and outside have been replaced with new energy efficient LEDs and lighting is controlled by sensors so they turn off when areas are unoccupied
- New drinking water fountains with bottle filling stations
- Student spaces
- New and renovated spaces include:
- 31 classrooms
- new school administration area
- new student services area
- new library and break-out spaces and new interconnecting lecture theatre
- new music/band room, practice rooms and music classroom
- new physics lab/classroom spaces
- new inclusive education space
- new chemistry lab and associated classrooms
- new resource area
- new staff lounge
- new biology labs and prep room
- new general science lab and prep room
- new art lab and prep room
- new computer lab
- upgraded school kitchen, cafeteria and stage
- new culinary arts space and classroom
- upgraded Phys Ed offices, weight room and aerobics space
- new bleachers in gym
- new blackbox theatre
- all parking lots plus bus parking have been paved, with new markings
- upgraded track and field sports venue
- all new fire protection (sprinkler)