Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



Donwood Elementary School

Address:400 Donwood Drive
Original Use:Educational
Other Work:Addition in 1996
Architects:Ward Macdonald Cockburn Mcleod and McFeetors
Contractors:Raymond Massey Construction Limited

Design Characteristics

Suburb:Rossmere A
  • This is school design for which the plans were altered significantly from the architects' concept to the 'as built', to the detriment of the concept
  • It is a large school built on a raised site to accomplish some varying rooflines and grade levels
  • A series of volumes, it is constructed with precast panels reaching down to grey foundation concrete, with angled entryways breaking up otherwise stark elevations
  • Portable classrooms at the rear speak more to an expanding curriculum rather than a growing school-age population