Highlight on Success: CREW Member Elke Goebel

Monday, Jun 5, 2017

Iwanski Architecture, home of CREW's own Elke Goebel, recently won the Design Innovation Award for their Westmount Charter School project by the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturer's Association of Canada (AWMAC).

To quote Dany Brodeur, President of AWMAC, Southern Alberta Chapter:

I would like to sincerely congratulate you on winning the Design Innovation Award for the project Westmount Charter School, Sir William Van Horne Campus Modernization. The visual appeal, use of materials and execution of this project is exemplary. 

From the Iwanski Architecture Project Sheets:

Westmount Charter School SWVH - Campus Modernization - Learning Commons 

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Realizing the need to provide excellent, publicly-funded education for gifted learners, Westmount Charter School was founded in 1996. The school now has the only K-12 congregated setting in Alberta for students who are gifted and has approximately 1200 registered students in its two campuses in Calgary. The Sir William Van Horne Campus serves the mid-high grades. It is an existing three storey concrete building originally designed as a vocational school for the Calgary Board of Education.

During the 2015-2016 modernization, an exterior, central courtyard was enclosed with a clerestory roof and re-envisioned as an interior, multi-functional learning Commons which now forms the ‘heart’ of the school. The concrete slab was lowered to allow level access from the main floor, thus creating an open, bright and inviting space that can also function as a presentation or conference space accommodating up to 150 seats. Functional flexibility and state-of-the-art technologies are integrated in the design of this unique, yet flexible central commons.

Congratulations to Elke Goebel and Iwanski Architecture!