Artist’s drawing of the new Yarrow school. There is now a three-dimensional fly through available on line for both Yarrow and Rosedale schools.

Sneak peek at new schools

The Rosedale and Yarrow communities are getting a first walk through of their new schools.

Sort of.



The Rosedale and Yarrow communities are getting a first walk through of their new schools.

Sort of.

KMBR Architects Planners Inc. recently uploaded a three-dimensional, fly through animation of both schools, giving parents, students and staff an advanced, bird’s-eye view of what their schools will be like before they’re even open.

Animation is a way for architects to explain the vision in a way that everybody can understand and visualize, said Greg Erickson, KMBR associate, which designed both facilities.

“Architects can typically think in the third dimension, but for most people, it’s not readily apparent. Not a lot of people, when they’re looking at a [two-dimensional] floor plan would have a good feel for the size, the volume of space, or how it’s going to feel.

“But now, we can immediately show them what we’re talking about.”

The animation, uses Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to create a detailed, three-dimensional view of the outside and inside of the two new facilities.

The animation flies over the parking lots and around the sports fields. It shows the outdoor teaching spaces at Yarrow elementary and the wood beam structures at the front entrance of Rosedale traditional.

It even features Chilliwack’s mountains and the trees encasing both properties.

That, Erickson said, is a result of the extensive research and site surveying done before even putting “pen to paper” to ensure the animated product bears as much resemblance to the actual site as can be.

Inside, you will glide pass students, through the lobby, down hallways. You will peer through the windows into the gymnasiums. You will see detailing in the floor for Rosedale, and wood accents on the walls for both schools. You will go up the stairs, you will look out the windows onto the school grounds, and you will look down at an overview of the first floor for both schools.

The detail is so exact, you will even see reflections in the windows and shadows of students on the cement outside.

The Rosedale animation is two minutes and 57 seconds and Yarrow is two minutes and 31 seconds.

They took two months to complete.

“They are fairly time consuming to produce,” said Erickson.

But they’re worth the effort.

“They give us a better way to show everybody the vision,” said Erickson.

The Yarrow elementary animation can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB4eul-o9fE&feature=related and the Rosedale traditional animation can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxVA2HsDLHo&feature=related

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