Project Profiles > École secondaire Michel-Gratton


Both the building and landscape at École secondaire Michel-Gratton are designed to create a healthy learning environment. The guidelines of this design mandate follow the Canadian Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) requirements. The project incorporates innovative HVAC and electrical systems, environmentally friendly building products with high recycled and local content, native landscape plantings, and permeable surfaces (where possible) to reduce storm water run-off, making it one of the most energy efficient public schools in Canada.


The L-shaped building was oriented at 45 degrees to the street in order to increase the privacy to the neighbouring homes. This orientation also provides the desired north/south exposure to natural light in the classrooms. The building is stepped down from two to one storey to help mediate its mass.


The project is LEED® Gold certified (with upwards of 60% energy savings over the MNECB).


Project completed under Certificate of Practice issued to Robertson Simmons architects inc. prior to firm name change to MartinSimmons Architects Inc.

Conseil scolaire Viamonde

Building Area:

72,240 sq. ft.



Windsor ON

LEED® Certification:


École secondaire Michel-Gratton


Windsor Construction Association

2011 Construction Excellence Award of Merit Green/Environmental Project Category

Photography Credit:

Dan Reaume Photography