ERIC Number: ED219886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Study of a Low Profile School: Riverheights School, Brandon, Manitoba.
Manitoba Dept. of Education, Winnipeg. Research Branch.; Brandon School Division 40 (Manitoba).
The new Riverheights School, constructed by the Brandon (Manitoba) School Board for kindergarten through ninth grade students, was built as a "low-profile" school with an "earthberm" in order to save on heating, vandalism, and insurance costs and to integrate the building into a neighborhood park setting. "Low-profile" means the main floor is below ground level; "earthberm" refers to the building's partial earth covering. In the school's planning stage, the idea for a low-profile school was presented, research was done on other earth-covered schools, and parents' approval was gained. The building's construction involved other energy-conserving features besides the earthberm, such as quadruple glazing and double doorways, as well as spacesaving ideas like a grassy rooftop area for recreation. Other special features included waterproofing, an inverted roof system, and skylights. The school consists of classroom and administrative/recreation modules, wide corridors, a resource center, and large glassed-in science display units. Photographs and copies of floor plans depict the school's internal and external appearance. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manitoba Dept. of Education, Winnipeg. Research Branch.; Brandon School Division 40 (Manitoba).
Identifiers: Manitoba (Brandon); Riverheights School MB