Mulgrave Senior School Addition: First Development Project


Designed for 21st Century learning.

Mulgrave School is a West Vancouver independent school that provides education following the International Baccalaureate programme to students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12.

HDR | CEI completed the Master Plan for the phased development of a Senior School addition to Mulgrave School, and has completed the design of the first phase.

At approximately 40,000 square feet, the Senior School includes 14 classrooms, advanced tech room, multi-purpose room, administrative space, and a cafeteria. The design is based on 21st Century Learning principles, and provides a variety of educational space configurations and sizes with common and circulation spaces designed to provide break-out space and informal areas for individual study, small group collaboration, and social spaces for the senior student body. Flexibility and adaptability is achieved through the building’s infrastructure as well as the ability to reconfigure the educational spaces themselves.

Wood is expressed throughout the building in the architecture and as a primary and secondary structure. The use of wood is emphasized in structural members and interior finishes, contributing to a warmer, more productive learning environment.

Wood is used in the new main entrance, a grand, double-height space constructed of exposed engineered timber components of glu-laminated columns, beams and cross-laminated decking. The warmth of the wood creates a welcoming “lantern” for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Project Cost



40,000 sq ft


Spring 2015

Sustainable Features

  • Building designed to help thermal performance, weather protection, indoor air quality and utility use
  • Passive ventilation promotes natural flow of air without the use of mechanical equipment
  • Natural daylighting and occupancy light sensors
  • Stormwater retention and reuse for irrigation
  • Solar thermal panels for preheating hot water
  • Living green wall



Pinnacle Award, 2016

Association for Learning Environments, Pacific Northwest Region

Interior Beauty Award, Wood Design Awards, 2017


"We opened the new senior school today and everyone in the community has been blown away by what an outstanding facility this is. Many congratulations to the HDR | CEI team for creating such a magnificent space.”

John Wray

Head of School, Mulgrave School


Mulgrave Independent School Society


West Vancouver, BC