Housing Projects

Aurora College, Inuvik, Northwest Territories - 1998

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We prepared a facilities program for a new Aurora Campus building in Inuvik. The facility was scheduled for implementation using a Public–Private Partnership. Completed in 1998.

Nunatta Campus, Arctic College, Iqaluit, Nunavut - 1990

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We prepared a development plan for expansion to Nunatta Campus of Arctic College in Iqaluit on Baffin Island. The work included specific facilities programs for a 112-bed student residence and a new 2500 square metres instructional building. Completed in 1990.

Keewatin Boarding Home, Winnipeg, Manitoba - 1989

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Residents of the Keewatin Region in the Northwest Territories receive tertiary level health services by being flown to Winnipeg. While waiting to receive medical care, patients reside in a boarding home. We examined the relative costs and benefits of three options to improve the Keewatin Boarding Home: renovate the existing facility, relocate to a more suitable existing building, or construct a new facility. We assessed the demand for services; defined the facilities program; identified properties that could be purchased and modified to suit the program; and conducted comparative cost analyses. We coordinated input from consultants, users and clients in Winnipeg, Yellowknife and Rankin Inlet. The conclusion was to build a new 960 square metre facility. Completed in 1989.

North Island College, Comox Valley, BC - 1988

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North Island College (NIC) uses a distributed open learning system that focuses on tutors and other resources available in 19 local learning centres. The headquarters for much of NIC’s network-wide development is in the Comox Valley where current facilities were crowded and dispersed. The proposed NIC building program for the Comox Valley totaled an estimated gross building area of more than 13 000 square metres, comprising the NIC Headquarters (including television production), the Comox Valley Learning Centre, community facilities (including an auditorium), vocational workshops, and a 120-bed residence. Site selection criteria were developed which specified that the Learning Centre, Auditorium, and Headquarters must be co-located on a single site of four to ten acres. Several alternatives related to public and private financial involvement were considered. Completed in 1988.

Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon - 1984

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We conducted several studies for Yukon College. First, we prepared an interim accommodation plan involving the use of portables on a site near the main campus, after examining several alternatives, including renovations and leasing. Next, our long-term needs assessment was based on four possible population scenarios (recognizing uncertain economic factors) and three possible participation rates for each program. A new campus was chosen as the only practical development option, since refitting the existing facilities was not cost-effective (based on a technical and functional evaluation) and the existing site was too small to accommodate future needs. After project approval was received, we assisted two of the architectural firms participating in the design competition. Our analysis indicated that the College would require a total floor area of approximately 23 400 square metres. Completed in 1984.

Courts Refit, Fourth Avenue Residence, Whitehorse, Yukon - 1983

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At the time of the study, funds were not available for a new courthouse, and proposals were being sought by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for alternative uses for the Fourth Avenue Residence. We examined the feasibility of refitting the apartment building for use as a courthouse. We identified two strategies: alterations only or additions and alterations. Conceptual designs, together with cost estimates, were developed for each general approach. We then compared these possibilities with new construction based on function, code compliance, environmental quality, operational efficiency, and total project cost. We concluded that the use of the facility as a courthouse was neither feasible nor cost-effective. Completed in 1983.