Senator Joyce Fairbairn Middle School
Home of the Falcons.
Senator Joyce Fairbairn Middle School is a new state-of-the-art teaching facility in west Lethbridge. It opened its doors in September of 2019 with an opening capacity for 750 students, with a maximum capacity of 900 students. The structure is 6,524 square meters and boasts a 724 square meter gym, a central gathering space, a learning commons, clusters of classrooms, collaboration spaces, music, drama and shop rooms, as well as a commercial kitchen. The building was designed and constructed at the LEED silver level, and includes energy-efficient lighting and heating systems. It also features the latest technology equipment and systems.
The school was named after a southern Alberta trailblazer, Senator Joyce Fairbairn. She was the first woman to serve as Leader of the Government in the Senate. She also worked as a journalist in the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa and was hired as a legislative assistant to Prime Minster Pierre Trudeau in 1970.
Construction costs for the facility were $23.9 million and the design was completed by the local group FWBA Architects.