Lillian Osborne School


This project was unique for Binder Construction for a number of reasons. This was the twentieth time we had worked with EPS, and being able to work on something as important as a new high school is truly a privilege. To date, this project is one of the largest that we have ever done. It was so exciting for us to be able to work on every aspect of this new school and watch it take shape from the very first drawings to the final grand opening.
One of the elements that we are most proud of in this school is the feature wall located in the central gathering space. It was done with exposed concrete and ties in perfectly with many of the other areas in the school that feature exposed concrete such as the corridor floors, the stairwell walls, and a number of 9m high rounded columns at the student learning center’s main entry.

In addition to featuring exposed concrete, we are also incredibly proud of the gymnasium in this school. At the time, it was the largest gym in EPS’s building inventory and the whole time we were working, it was clear that this space was going to be something amazing. Whether it was being used for high school gym classes or competitive sports such as basketball or volleyball, the gym would be exactly what students needed to be proud and excited to be in that space.

A final note of pride for us in this project was the lighting control systems that we used. They were specifically designed and installed to take advantage of the abundance of natural light that floods this structure. Too many classrooms these days rely purely on artificial light, and a goal the planners had going into this project, was to try and utilize natural light as much as possible. It may seem like a small thing, but our focus throughout this project was to consistently think of the students and what it would actually be like to go to school at Lillian Osborne High School. We feel that we built a truly great school that will serve our young minds for years to come.

Unique Features

  • Largest gymnasium in EPS’s building inventory
  • LEED silver targeted
  • 84% of waste diverted from landfills
  • A number of exposed concrete features including a feature wall, columns, and corridor floors and stairwells
  • Smart Boards installed in all classrooms

Project Facts

  • Client: Edmonton Public Schools
  • Prime Consultant: Cohos Evamy
  • Sq. Ft.: 75,000 main floor, 40,000 second floor
  • Dollar Value: $27,327,020
  • Project Duration: 23 months
  • Project Description: New 1000 student high school