The main entrance to Shas Ti Kelly Road Secondary is on the south side of the building.
The feature wall in the atrium represents the importance of the Nechako and Fraser rivers to the region.
Staircases are located at the west and east ends of the atrium.
The pantry is located off the Foods rooms and features a pass-through window to the canteen.
Shas Ti Kelly Road brings together technology and design in a modern learning space
The original Kelly Road opened as a two-room elementary school in September 1957. In 1960, a portable was added and the school became known as Kelly Road Elementary Junior High School. Two years later, in 1962, the name changed to Kelly Road Elementary Junior Secondary School. An expansion project started in 1964 and was completed in 1967, the final year of attendance for elementary students. Kelly Road became a true secondary school with the addition of Grade 11 and 12 students in September 1975.
On March 17, 2017, the Province of British Columbia and School District No. 57 (Prince George) announced an investment of $44.3 million to replace Kelly Road Secondary School. The provincial government committed $43.3 million to the project while SD 57 committed $1 million. Construction of the new building started in the fall of 2017.
Shas Ti Kelly Road Secondary accommodates 900 students. All spaces have been designed with inclusive education as a priority.
Shas Ti means “grizzly trail” or “grizzly path” in the Dakelh dialect of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation. In the spirit of reconciliation, the school’s dual name honours the extended history of the Lheidli T’enneh in the region and the more recent history of Kelly Road Secondary School.
Cutting-edge technology and design
Shas Ti Kelly Road takes full advantage of natural light. The school has been built to a LEED Gold equivalency (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which means it meets the highest international certification standards for being environmentally friendly.
The technology built into the new facility and the design of the building set it apart from all other schools in SD 57.
“This is the first time that it’s all being brought together all at once,” said Barry Bepple, School District No. 57’s Energy and Sustainable Conservation Coordinator. “We do all of this technology at individual locations throughout our district but this is the first opportunity we’ve had to build it and bring it all together as a collection of all the things we’ve been learning about.
“People will liken it to Duchess Park, which was completed in 2010, but it’s different,” Bepple added. “It’s designed differently, the spaces within it are designed differently. There are a lot of feature enhancements to each of the spaces.”
Area by area, features of Shas Ti Kelly Road include:
- Each classroom has its own heating and cooling system;
- Each classroom has multi-level LED lighting which can be controlled from two different locations;
- Each classroom features an interactive projector and whiteboard;
- Each classroom has a performance sound system with infrared technology so teachers can connect and speak through a lapel microphone;
- Clocks are linked to the building’s wireless internet and reset automatically with time changes.
Learning areas / breakout zones
- As part of the building’s open-concept design, two classrooms have sliding glass wall systems, giving students the opportunity for collaborative learning;
- There are breakout zones throughout the building, designed to facilitate group discussions and activities; breakout zones can also be used as study spaces; one breakout zone on the upper level includes a charging station for devices.
- The atrium is an expansive space on the ground level and serves as the central hub of the school; the area includes a spiral staircase, spectator viewing into the gymnasium, a performance platform, a dedicated sound system and specialized acoustic treatments; a feature wall of three-dimensional wood design illustrates the importance of the Nechako and Fraser rivers to the region.
- A folding glass wall at the front of the Learning Commons opens onto the west end of the atrium, which creates a combined usable space roughly equivalent to the length of a football field;
- The Learning Commons has an attached computer lab and separate collaboration areas;
- Acoustic treatments on the walls and in the ceiling keep sound dampened;
- The LED lighting has sensors for occupancy / daylight harvesting and adjusts levels accordingly.
Indigenous Education Centre
- An Indigenous Education Centre is located off the central part of the atrium, in the heart of the school; the area will be a gathering place for students and staff, a spot for activities and meals.
Foods / pantry / canteen
- Two Foods classrooms are located directly to the east side of the Indigenous Education Centre; the classrooms are connected to a walk-through pantry that features a pass-through window into a canteen that serves lunch tables in this part of the atrium; the connectedness of the entire area is a key feature;
- The Foods classrooms have cooktops with induction elements that transfer heat into cookware; there is virtually no trace of heat from the elements themselves, and the spaces around them remain cool;
- Above the teacher’s station is a demonstration mirror that allows students to easily observe lessons and the preparation of recipes.
Alternate Education, Learning Assistance and exceptional needs
- Next to the Foods area, at the east entrance to the building, there are dedicated classrooms for students who are enrolled in Alternate Education programs and Learning Assistance, as well as a specialized room for students who have exceptional needs.
- A sprung maple-wood floor of NBA quality is the primary feature of the gymnasium, which includes a drop-down divider curtain, performance sound system, LED lighting and three score clocks that can be linked or operated independently; foldaway bleachers are electronically operated; capacity in the gym is 1,532 people.
- The theatre has performance-level computerized lighting, sound systems and acoustics; an independent rigging system over the audience allows for adjustability; the room includes an electric screen and projector system and seating for 204 people; washrooms, dressing rooms and a long mirrored wall for makeup application are located back-of-stage.
- The music room features a high ceiling, plenty of natural light, advanced acoustics and sound-lock doors.
Art rooms / maker space
- There are two art rooms, one designed for two-dimensional work and the other for three-dimensional; the 2-D room includes computers for photography students and the 3-D room features a kiln for pottery projects; the rooms have an adjoining door.
- A dedicated maker space will give students access to 3-D printers, a laser cutter, soldering stations and a robotics table.
- The building has three all-gender washrooms, one on the main level and two on the upper level; the all-gender washrooms have fully-enclosed stalls (including stalls for students with disabilities) and common washing areas; there are separate staff and family-friendly washrooms, as well as washrooms for students with exceptional needs.
- The school includes an auto shop with three bay doors and two hoists that go high enough to allow complete access under vehicles, a metal shop complete with a forge and four welding stations, and a wood shop that has its own painting/finishing booth.
Heating and cooling
- Shas Ti Kelly Road features a highly-efficient heating and ventilation system. The system – a four-pipe hydronic (water) loop – utilizes an 80-tonne geothermal exchange.
The old Kelly Road will be demolished; grading will continue around the new building, in preparation for the installation of roadways, bus lanes and parking lots.
The school has three all-gender washrooms with fully-enclosed stalls.
Sliding glass wall systems at two locations in the building create the opportunity for collaborative teaching and learning in classrooms.
The upper level features several breakout zones. These areas can be used for group discussions or study spaces.