New School Design

The Limestone District School Board is ready to proceed to tender for construction of the new Kingston intermediate and secondary school following Ministry approval of the design and cost consulting phase.

Over the past few months, the Limestone District School Board has been working with our architects and a specialized engineering/cost consulting firm to review detailed design drawings for the new school.

This phase allows the Board and the consultants to prepare a project cost estimate for approval by the Ministry of Education before the projects goes to tender for construction.  As part of this process, the consulting firm estimated that project cost would exceed the $36 million provided by the Ministry. The firm identified design items that could lead to cost efficiencies without compromising programming space for students.

The majority of items remain unchanged, however, some revisions include:
  • Squared off shape of the library – the size of the library is unchanged.
  • Three-storey open entry way has been changed to a two-storey open design to optimize space.
  • Upper roof skylight has been removed as a result of entry way change.
  • Three classroom from the first floor have been moved to the former open space on the third floor (no change in size of the rooms).
  • Roof-top terrace on second floor (Module Vanier students) has been removed – students will have access to other multi-use spaces including adjacent Champlain Park thanks to Board partnership with City of Kingston.
  • Relocated mechanical rooms from interior footprint to the roof to optimize space.
Architectural rendering of new Kingston intermediate & secondary school.While the Board understand some of these changes may come as a surprise, it was essential that we maintain core programming areas to support all student pathways. Not all areas that sit outside the Ministry funding model could be incorporated.

The revised design will still accommodate 1,340 students (240 intermediate students and 1,100 secondary students), and will include English programs in university, college and workplace pathways, including the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, and intermediate and secondary extended French and French Immersion (Module Vanier). The make up for the 34 secondary classrooms and 9 intermediate classrooms remains unchanged.

These rooms include:
  • 8 Science Labs (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General)
  • 2 Music Rooms (Instrumental/Vocal)
  • 3 Art Rooms (Graphic/Visual/Photography)
  • 1 Theatre Arts Room
  • 4 Technology Shops (Construction, Manufacturing/Transportation, Integrated and Computer Engineering Lab)
  • Culinary Arts and Nutrition Rooms
  • Communication Lab with Radio program
  • Cosmetology Room
  • 4 Special Education Rooms
  • 2 Gymnasiums with Health Science and Weight Rooms
  • Library with Community Room and Book Kiosk
Other building features include:
  • State-of-the-art ventilation with air conditioning and heat recovery systems to reduce lost energy
  • High levels of insulation and high performance glazing systems.
  • Improvement of natural daylight and reduce reliance on artificial lighting
  • Lighting sensors and occupancy sensors throughout
  • Building Automation Systems to optimize energy use
  • Use of low VOC paints and adhesives to improve indoor air quality
  • High use of local and recyclable building materials
The Board plans to issue a tender for a general contractor in April 2017 and award the contract in late May or early June 2017. It is estimated that construction would begin in summer 2017 and could be completed within two years. The new school is now expected to be open for the 2019-2020 school year.


The initial design concept was drafted in 2015 with input from the Kingston Intermediate & Secondary School Design Committee, a sub-committee of the Integration Committee, struck in May 2015 to work with project architects ZAS Architects Inc.

The Design Committee, which was made up of students, parents, school staff, Board staff and the architects, discussed various considerations such as program requirements, technology, accessibility, sustainability and 21st century design. Members of the committee also had an opportunity to visit several newly constructed schools in the Greater Toronto area to review their features.

To help inform the design, the Board conducted several visioning sessions with students, parents, school staff and community partners to clarify what features are most important in the new school, identify important programs that must be accommodated by the layout, design and features of the new school, and to make effective community use of the new school. A total of 12 separate visioning sessions were held. The feedback was shared with the Design Committee for further discussion and action. Separate meeting with school department heads were also held to gather specific design feedback for specialty programs and areas.

A draft design concept was first shared with the Board of Trustees in October 2015 before additional consultation with students, school councils, school staff, community partners and the public in October and November 2015. The Board of Trustees approved the draft design concept in December 2015. A pre-qualification for general, mechanical and electrical contractors was released in early November 2016 as the Board continued to work with the architects and cost consultants to finalize construction estimates and seek Ministry approval to proceed to tender.

Demolition of the former Queen Elizabeth Collegite & Vocational Institute property began in August 2016. Given the scope of the project, the building was divided into four areas. The demolition process was deliberate so that as much material as possible could be recycled and/or repurposed. The demolition wrapped up in December 2016.