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Blair Pettis acted as Owner’s Representative and Project Manager on behalf of School District 71 Comox Valley for the $6.3 million school. Completed in 1998, this 3,000 sq m rural facility demonstrates innovation in the manner of waste management. Mr. Pettis’s broad experience in engineering enabled a solution to problems of a low water supply and a high groundwater condition that made septic treatment impossible. The result was the first application in a BC school of a membrane bioreactor with full recycle of treated wastewater to the urinals and toilets in the building. The system designed and installed by Hill Murray & Associates reduces water consumption in the school and minimizes effluent discharge to the ground. This was an added advantage in that a sensitive water habitat runs through the property.

Designed by CJP Architects, the design made innovative use of attic space in the pitched roof to provide mechanical space thus reducing the overall footprint and cost of the school. Life-cycle analysis of building materials and budget efficiencies allowed for a metal roof. What would have been large expanses of stucco were replaced with metal siding and concrete block.