PCL’s 5 Most Striking Schools

​These five educational institutions get an A+ in our books. Check out some of our best school projects to see why, when it comes to construction, PCL is at the top of its class:
Quirky-yet-cool asymmetrical features can be seen
throughout the striking Ramon C. Cortines School. 

 This PCL project received the 2010 Governor
 General’s Medal in Architecture from the Royal
 Architectural Institute of Canada.

 This Hawaiian school is a learning paradise.

 The Edmonton Clinic Health Academy integrates
 teams of health science researchers in a
 state-of-the-art ambulatory care facility.

 The Sharp Centre for Design is an unmistakable
 landmark in Toronto, Ontario.​




1.  Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts – Architectural Genius

The Los Angeles–based Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts is both a public high school and an architectural wonder. This top secondary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District hosts a conical library space, soaring concert hall, outdoor amphitheater, photography and broadcast studios, multiple science and computer labs, specialized spaces equipped for art, music, and theater classes, and dance studios. Virtual design and construction methods were used to coordinate structural steel, curtain wall, and cladding to create this aesthetically modern school, with striking curved walls, a curtain wall, stainless steel exterior panels, and quirky-yet-cool asymmetrical features.

2.  TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning at The Royal Conservatory of Music – Cultural Hub

The TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning is expertly tied into the historical McMaster Hall in downtown Toronto, Ontario. It is a premier music teaching and performance venue that houses a PCL-constructed floating concert hall, rehearsal hall, acoustically built teaching studios, and a music technology lab. One of the highlights of this stunning building is the glass-enclosed central atrium, an architecturally stimulating and relaxed space that students, faculty, and staff can enjoy.

3.  Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership at Iolani School – Learning in Paradise

PCL built the Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership as a flagship for Honolulu’s Iolani School. We sustainably designed this 40,000-square-foot, four-story learning paradise that’s dedicated to citizenship, applied technology, scientific discovery, and digital communication. The PCL team even got a little help building the project from the students themselves. Focusing on 21st-century learning skills, the Sullivan Center includes a robotics lab, flexible project spaces, collaboration classrooms, a digital media lab, a rooftop garden, and a research lab. 

4.  Edmonton Clinic Health Academy at University of Alberta – Transforming Health Care

Edmonton Clinic Health Academy is a LEED Silver, 570,000-square-foot teaching, research, and administration facility for the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medical Sciences. Working in tandem with the industry-leading Kaye Edmonton Clinic (another PCL project), Edmonton Clinic Health Academy integrates teams of health science researchers in a state-of-the-art ambulatory care facility. The three lower levels of the clinic house teaching and research facilities, including four lecture theaters, while the three upper levels offering office and meeting space, administration, and teaching labs. As construction manager, PCL played a key role in building this state-of-the-art facility that was a catalyst for the transformation in education throughout the health sciences.

5.  Sharp Centre for Design at Ontario College of Art & Design – Cool School

The Sharp Centre for Design is a unique table-top structure that has become one of Toronto’s most exciting architectural landmarks. The building houses the university’s design programs, including the faculties of art and liberal arts studies. The PCL team is proud to have constructed this remarkable superstructure, with its striking black-and-white pixelated skin, which stands 85 feet above the ground on 12 multicolored legs. The structure provides two stories of studio and teaching space and connects to an existing facility below by an elevator and staircase that runs through the core.