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EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS

 

Inspiring spaces and environments enhance learning experiences and facilitate teaching. We believe that providing dynamic, adaptable, and collaborative facilities is the key to unlocking the potential for brilliance that resides in every young mind and spirit.

 

HIGH SCHOOL GRAPHIC ARTS LAB

Location: Winnipeg, MB
Area: 3,183 sq. ft.
Status: Design

The shifting focus of graphic arts from analog to digital production necessitated a change in how these techniques are taught to new generations of students. Amphora’s plan for this Graphic Arts Lab brings forward digital production in a way that recognizes changing methodologies and prizes the space freed up by these shifts. While still providing adequate facilities for more traditional techniques, new forward-looking programs can be brought in to diversify the range of possibilities for students interested in new technology.


HIGH SCHOOL LEARNING COMMONS (PHASE 1)

Location: Winnipeg, MB
Area: 1,377 sq. ft.
Status: Completed (2017)

Phase 1 of the High School Learning Commons project revolved around the conversion of an under-utilized section of the library’s stacks and a similarly-isolated study area into an improved private study zone, with several separated student work rooms. These improvements allow group projects to be discussed without affecting the rest of the commons, as well as provide a space for students to maximize their focus on their individual work – effectively accommodating the two functions of the learning commons that are most likely to conflict.


HIGH SCHOOL LEARNING COMMONS (PHASE 2)

Location: Winnipeg, MB
Area: 4,016 sq. ft.
Status: Construction

The second phase of the High School Learning Commons centered on the construction of a grandstand between the main level and the mezzanine of the commons. The grandstand encloses the private study area from phase one underneath, while creating a new gathering point and seating area for students. The flexible layout of the commons, the range of resources available, and the variety of seating arrangements all work to ensure that students can collaborate and learn effectively.


FACULTY OF SCIENCE - STUDENT ADVISING EXPANSION

Location: Winnipeg, MB
Area: 4,157 sq. ft.
Status: Completed (2018)

An increasing need for space drove the extension and renovation of the Dean’s Office of Science at the University of Manitoba. The conversion of a small adjacent study space to a front office facilitated a more public façade for the office and assisted with providing ease of access for student and professional inquiries. An underlying theme of transparency and openness carries through the office.


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LEARNING COMMONS

Location: Winnipeg, MB
Area: 4,444 sq. ft.
Status: Design

Through reintegrating two temporary classrooms, the transformation of this elementary school’s learning commons blends play and technology into this place for learning to maximize the potential of the space. Using a winding bookshelf to organize the space, the learning commons adds computer access, an integrated teaching space, and playful reading spaces into the existing program of the library.


HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE RENOVATION

Location: Winnipeg, MB
Area: 2,852 sq. ft.
Status: Design

Bringing rejuvenation and professionalization to an existing school theatre space, this renovation tidily accommodates the increasing needs of the back-of-house spaces to ensure that the only point of focus during a performance is the performance itself. The design seamlessly integrates the growing program of the theatre space, including additional costume and prop storage, an improved backstage, and a proper office space for teaching staff, all while ensuring the theatre now meets accessibility standards.


LEARNING COMMONS MASTER PLAN

Location: Winnipeg, MB
Area: 10,500 sq. ft.
Status: Master Plan Completed (2016)

The Learning Commons, located in a Winnipeg high school, involves the renovation of an existing library space, a new library addition, and a new cafeteria addition to create a 21st century knowledge centre. Today's libraries have evolved from a combination of library and computer lab into full service learning, research, and meeting spaces. Within the Learning Commons, a confined space with fluid boundaries allows for a flexible learning environment, where real and virtual worlds are managed by the figure of the Teacher-Librarian. This new layout aims to combine and balance constantly changing technology with traditional printed materials, in a welcoming, safe, and engaging environment.