Alberta Social Services and Community Health Projects

Southern Alberta Youth Development Centre, Strathmore, Alberta - 1983

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The Southern Alberta Youth Development Centre is a 48-bed facility for adolescent boys and girls requiring a secure and structured residential setting. We worked extensively with stakeholders to establish demand, clarify operational concepts, and specify detailed facility requirements. The Centre consisted of eight 6-bed residential units grouped in pairs around shared treatment, educational, recreational, administration, and support functions. We reviewed all aspects of the program after a decision was made to move the Centre from Calgary to Strathmore. At the time of our third study, new legislation changed the Centre’s role. We defined the most appropriate long-term use for the facility by assessing its most likely roles; analyzing the available area; formulating a preliminary program; and generating several cost-effective redevelopment options. Completed in 1983.

Michener Centre, Red Deer, Alberta - 1982

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Michener Centre is a 1600-bed institution for mentally handicapped adults. We developed an array of placement options for approximately 700 residents scheduled for relocation. Our resident profile identified seven groups organized according to age, level of dependency and special needs. Next, we developed an array of placement options that included institutions, group homes, hostels, apartments and approved homes. We evaluated the options according to criteria for meeting the residents’ basic and qualitative needs; calculated capital and operating costs; and examined factors affecting feasibility of the options. The final report was used to identify recommended options for each resident group. Completed in 1982.

Mental Health District Offices, Calgary, Alberta - 1980

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We planned four new district Mental Health offices as well as new regional offices for Mental Health, Social Services, and Child Welfare. We projected workloads; estimated staffing numbers; resolved operational issues; developed area allocation standards; calculated area requirements; specified locational criteria; and produced Facilities Programs for each of the seven locations. Completed in 1980.

Social Services District Offices, Facilities Standards, Alberta - 1980

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Social Services District Offices are located throughout Alberta, typically in leased space. To improve both the process of acquisition and quality of new space, we were commissioned to produce a standardized facilities program to be used by Social Services personnel to determine the requirements for each individual District Office. We specified the facilities needs for seven generic types of District Office, depending on size, location and function. Our product consisted of a Planning Guide, a General Requirements document, and a Library of Facility Requirements for each office type. District Offices varied from 400 to 2000 square metres. Completed in 1980.

Child Welfare Residential Facilities, Northern Alberta - 1980

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The purpose of this study was to determine the need for Child Welfare institutions and group homes in Northern Alberta. Both predisposition and post-disposition as well as short-term and long-term services were studied. Working definitions of services and facility categories were developed prior to addressing service concepts and conducting demand forecasts. The need for residential facilities was defined in terms of capacities, program suitability and location. The future of individual existing facilities was determined from this analysis. We found that the total inventory of residential resources should expand from an existing level of 730 beds to 900 beds in the short term and 1130 beds in the long term. Completed in 1980.