Cole Harbour District High School 

Dartmouth, NS


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WHW Architects


Cole Harbour District High School is a Grade 10-12 school with 44 classrooms over three floors. The building, founded in 1979, contained a large combined library and Resource Centre, full service gymnasium and cafeteria prior to upgrades. 

The project was split into two phases: Phase 1 included adding a new 15,000 sq.ft. gymnasium, new trades classrooms, and a new entrance, along with interior modifications of classrooms and office areas; and Phase 2, completed the following year, included interior changes of the existing gymnasium to a cafetorium, adding additional stage area, addition of a music room, laboratory renovations, new nutrition and textiles area, new Learning Centre area, new media room, and supporting spaces. 

MCA Consultants was hired as the mechanical consultant for the multi-phased building upgrade design and construction. 

Services Provided

  • Plumbing
  • Building Automation
  • HVAC (specialty and conventional)
  • Fire Protection

Key Design Elements

  • High efficient natural gas Boiler plant with integrated Controls, along with in-floor and low temperature radiation, utilizing new variable speed pumping technologies
  • Ventilation air handlers with heat recovery wheels and variable speed fans with low temperature heating coils
  • Infloor radiant heating system for extreme comfort to residents
  • Variable Air Volume system with point of use heating coils to guarantee proper air supply to office and auxiliary spaces within facility
  • Infrared sensing Plumbing fixtures
  • Specialty HVAC systems including fabric ducts, air filtrations systems to provide clean return air from wood trades area, and capture exhaust systems for welding and grinding trades areas
  • Building Automation (DDC) Controls systems with sensors for occupancy and CO2 levels
  • Sprinkler systems