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Collège Sainte-Anne – Secondary school

Dorval, Québec

Photo credits : Vincent Brière


Collège Sainte-Anne

Type of use

Secondary school

Number of floors

3 storeys

Year of construction


Work type

New building


21 M$

The Collège Sainte-Anne secondary school, located in Dorval, is an unprecedented educational project with the ambition of becoming a model to follow for the future. Indeed, several elements that have been in function for a long time in the model of modern education are revisited there, such as school organization, pedagogical approaches, and the development of living spaces in particular, thanks to a very specific architecture.

One of the particularities of this school lies in the fact its architecture responds to a different and unique pedagogical approach, in order to create a creative and collaborative learning environment. The school has very open spaces and a multiplicity of collaborative spaces. The roof and facades have many openings to let plenty of natural light in, and offer a view of the horizon and the river on the upper floors.

This building is a concrete structure, which the architect Pierre Thibault left purposefully exposed. Significant overhangs are present all around the building allowing the area to be increased when the weather permits it, without obstructing the view of the horizon and the river. It also added vertical circulation outside the building.

For this project being the very first carbon neutral building in Canada, NCK provided complete structural engineering consulting services.