Effective design and strong cost advice led to a successful new school build in Milton



Elsie MacGill Secondary School is a new school for the Halton District School Board (HDSB), located in Milton, Ontario. This new school in the fast-growing Town of Milton features a three-storey structure and boasts modern designs that cater to modern teaching needs.

The 153,000 square-foot school features a triple gymnasium, learning commons, and a design and technology learning room that will host the school’s participation in the I-STEM (Innovation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program as one of only three schools offering this dynamic program in the Board.  The school also acts as a Community Pathways Program Hub that includes four classrooms, a common kitchen area, and sensory rooms that provide a relaxing and stimulating learning environment.

Photos courtesy of Hossack & Associate Architects and INDUSTRYOUS Photography.

At a glance

  • Client
    Hossack & Associate Architects
  • Services
    Certainty, Cost Estimating & Management, Cost Planning
  • sector
    Education & Research
  • Location
    Milton, Canada

Honours Canadian Woman of Influence in Engineering, Elsie MacGill

The school took the name of Elsie MacGill (1905-1980) who was the first woman to earn a Master’s degree in aeronautical engineering, the first practicing Canadian woman engineer and the first female aircraft designer. She is also a recipient of the Order of Canada.

RLB was proud to provide the cost estimating and options costing for this institute of learning that pays homage to a Canadian Woman of Influence, which adds another level of inspiration and guidance to the students in addition to a state-of-the-art facility to grow within.

“RLB was excited to join Hossack & Associate Architects for another important education construction project. We knew the importance of this facility for Halton District School Board, as we worked diligently with the Hossack design team to evaluate options to maximize the design.”
Peter Vavaroutsos, Resident Manager of Toronto, North America, RLB

Forward-thinking design to be ready for modern education needs

The design incorporates many open-concept learning and community-gathering areas to encourage interaction, collaboration and creativity in safe, spacious, bright and appealing areas of the school.

Creating a safe space for the community

The new school creates a home and safe space for the students, staff and local communities as a building, but also as a resource for the nearby families and communities that can access the features and spaces of the stunning school.

  • 800
    total students
  • 15
  • 153,000
    square feet

Collaboration between design and cost control

RLB has a long-standing working relationship with Hossack & Associate Architects in Canada, including many prior education construction projects.  Developing a comprehensive cost database through RLB’s prior projects of this nature proved to be invaluable in assisting in reaching this project’s goals.  Continuous collaboration and communication with the highly talented design firm (Hossack & Associate Architects) ensured a successful completion.

A better tomorrow through flawless execution today

RLB was extremely proud to support Hossack & Associate Architects and the Halton District School Board in delivering this critical facility that was designed to be ready for the needs of the growing communities of students in the area.