The Original School House is a prominent feature located on the campus of St. Michaels University School in Saanich, BC. The School House continues to house a variety of uses, including the School’s Administrative Offices; Finance, Advancement, and Admissions Departments; Math Department and Classrooms, Boarder Services and a new expanded Library. New interior finishes, millwork and furnishings were selected to meet modern requirements while being compatible with the building’s Edwardian character.
The new Library is approximately four times the size of the facility it replaces and houses both within the existing ground level of the School House building as well as in a new north addition. The Library features a mezzanine level and gathers around a two level atrium space at its centre featuring a cupola with clerestory lighting supported by large timber trusses below.
Pre-existing brickwork, windows, front entrance and roof, including dormers and cupola, were retained and restored. Internally, the existing masonry and timber structure were seismically upgraded to current code standards, including the insertion of new concrete shear walls and stairs.