On May 17, 2019, the Toronto Catholic District School Board celebrated the official opening of St. Paschal Baylon Catholic School with the school community, local Councilor and Trustee.
Led by DTAH, the new K-8 school successfully achieved two major objectives: the phased renovation of the existing school, including the accommodation of five full-day kindergarten classrooms, and a major new addition containing sixteen classrooms, full-size gymnasium, administrative areas and new library that acts as a hub for the 726 students.
The design of the new school incorporates several sustainable solutions such as a green roof, enhanced access to daylight and an energy efficient building envelope and stormwater management system. Further, as part of a TCDSB initiative, the building is not fully air-conditioned but rather uses displacement ventilation along with building orientations and sun shading devices to create comfortable conditions for the occupants.
The site design introduces a new private multi-purpose street along the southern edge of the site to accommodate school functions, drop-off and private vehicles. It also establishes a new entry point at the intersection of the addition and existing school, punctuated by a double-height entry atrium and a dramatic cantilevered library above.