Alberta Solicitor General Projects

Youth Development Centre, Edmonton, Alberta - 1983

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YDCE is a 94-bed institution for children requiring a secure setting. With the introduction of the new Young Offenders Act, the role of the centre would change. We defined the most appropriate long-term use for YDCE by illustrating various cost-effective physical redevelopment options. We analyzed the area available; assessed the most likely roles for the facility; generated a preliminary program for a basic 80-bed institution; and identified the opportunities and constraints associated with the existing buildings. Completed in 1983.

Calgary Remand Centre, Alberta - 1981

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We planned a replacement for the existing Remand Centre. Phase One, the Service and Development Plan, involved analysis of population trends, anticipated capacity, operational concepts, initial area estimates and development guidelines for the inner-city site. A series of six Working Papers were provided as background for decision–making. Phase Two, the Facilities Program, comprised the study of existing operations, together with detailed functional analysis to generate requirements for the new Centre. Volume 1 of the program was directed towards conceptual design, while Volume 2 focused on design development. In addition, we consulted with the architects during schematic design. Approximately 27 000 square metres was required for the nearly 600-bed centre at an estimated cost of $36.5 million. Completed in 1981.

Edmonton Remand Centre, Alberta - 1975

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The primary function of the Edmonton Remand Centre is to hold men and women requiring custody prior to the completion of their trial. The centre, which is located downtown and linked with the Law Courts, was planned for a capacity of 288 prisoners in twelve, 24-bed residential units. Our work encompassed the study of regional pretrial service needs, an inventory of existing resources, the preparation of statistical prisoner profiles, and the analysis of flow through the system. The Facilities Program specified detailed requirements for the building estimated at 17 500 square metres. Completed in 1975.

Strategic Plan, Corrections Planning, Alberta - 1974

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Beginning with an assessment of requirements for correctional services in the Edmonton area, the scope of our work was modified to develop a strategy for planning correctional services throughout Alberta. We conducted interviews with persons in the Corrections system and related areas. We also toured all major facilities. Our final report addressed the existing situation, the desired future, the climate for change as well as a planning strategy. Completed in 1974.

Calgary Correctional Institution, Alberta - 1974

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With a capacity of approximately 300 beds, CCI was the main provincial correctional facility for the Calgary area. Facilities were inadequate, particularly in the living and recreation areas, and there was considerable public pressure for improvement. We defined the extent of the initial modifications as well as conducting a comprehensive analysis of role, operations and potential major renovations. Following review by management, the results of our study were used to develop a strategy for establishing the role of the institution and the scope of necessary renovations. Completed in 1974.