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  • Location
    Victoria, British Columbia
  • Year
  • DIRTT Partner
    Innovior Construction
  • Architect
    Bradley Shuya Architect Inc.
  • Client
    Greater Victoria School District No. 61

Refreshing a historic space for learning

The building was more than 100 years old. It had additions in 1940 and 1963. Then Burnside Elementary School closed in the early 2000s. There were plenty of challenges in turning SJ Burnside into a vibrant learning space. It didn’t help that the school district was facing mounting budget and schedule challenges. That’s when DIRTT got the call.

Working with the existing footprint of an aging building can be a challenge, but designing with DIRTT makes it easier. Keeping exposed ceilings and hardwood floors held on to the character of the building while custom walls fit perfectly into the space. Quick-connect power sped up installation, while bringing flexibility to the space for the future. This was crucial because renovation at SJ Burnside was going on in the midst of a trade shortage. As a custom prefab solution, DIRTT met their critical construction deadlines and got teachers and students back to school. Now the building is filled with functional offices, classrooms with lots of writable surfaces and students who love the new space.

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  • Take A Tour

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    Writeable space in the library
  • Old meets new
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    In a class by itself
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    Make it modern
  • A space for staff
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  • Please report to the office
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Efficient electrical

DIRTT’s quick-connect power makes for rapid on-site installation. All while it reduces waste and improves adaptability for any future changes. 


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