Alberni District Secondary School

New Construction

project at a glance

  • 180,500
  • 500



  • Door Access Control
    Determine who is allowed to enter or exit, where they are allowed to enter or exit, and when they are allowed to enter or exit, with Houle's electronic door access control solution.
  • Communications System
    From Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) to Radio Frequency (RF) Communication; mustering and mass notification to text messaging systems, Houle will work with you to provide properly designed turnkey solutions tailored to your communication system needs.
  • Fire Alarms
    From the installation of your fire alarm system to providing ULC certified fire alarm monitoring, Houle provide complete solutions for your facility's needs.
  • Lighting
    Houle offers in-house design, consultation, installation, and maintenance services for lighting. Our focus on energy saving solutions means that you can lower your electricity bills while reducing your carbon footprint.
  • Public Address
    Through our public address solutions, Houle can add effortless ambiance to your facility while providing you with a building-wide communication system for emergencies.

Scope of Work

Completed: 2013

Owner: School District 70


  • LEED Gold

The original Alberni District Secondary School built in 1951, could not accommodate all the new students attending. Therefore, the new Port Alberni Secondary School, a two-storey, 180,500 sq. ft. school, was built with the capacity to educate 1,000 students. It features a neighbourhood learning centre with a 500-seat theatre, a First Nations gathering space, a youth health clinic with shared-use community space, two gymnasiums, a fitness room, a cafeteria, vocational training shops, a library, and a dance studio. The new school also includes a new artificial turf field. Built to LEED Gold standards, the school features extensive daylight harvesting in all classrooms and corridors with offset dimming lighting.

Houle was brought in provide the electrical distribution and lighting, sports field lighting, theatrical lighting and sound control systems, communications systems, public address, systems integration, security and access control, and fire alarm.

User group involvement in the construction process created several changes that needed to be managed to determine request for proposal (RFP) requirements or changes to contract. The building was built in three sections, which required multiple crews working in different areas to coordinate and communicate to ensure that when the sections were joined, there were no conflicts. Staged opening created the need to work at night in occupied areas to connect completed areas to those under construction.

Despite being a design-build construction project where many parts of the design were still in development during construction, Houle was able to coordinate with the design team to ensure construction progress.