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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.