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Citadel High School



The winner of an architectural design competition in the summer of 2004, Citadel High School occupies one of the most significant sites on the peninsula of Halifax at the foot of historic Citadel Hill. It was designed for over 1200 students as the replacement for the former Queen Elizabeth and St. Patrick’s High Schools.

At just over 196,000 square feet the language of exterior materials reflects the modern educational facility while echoing the schools it replaced: the red brick of QEH and recycled sandstone taken from St. Pat’s. The modern curving west façade, transparent through to the two-story cafeteria and the three main wings of the school (academic, arts, and athletic), flood the school with daylight. The building’s two gymnasia also have ample daylight through the incorporation of glass block salvaged from the former community college on the site.

The school was designed to target LEED Silver certification and has many unique design and sustainable features, including a double gym, a grass roof, an 800-seat theatre, exposed steel structure in the classrooms (permitted by a performance-based code solution), steam from the adjacent QEII Health Science complex as the source of heating, and other energy and water saving features. 

Type: Educational

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

(w/ Fellows & Company Limited)