NWT Social Services Projects

Maximum Security Young Offender Facility, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories - 1988

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This facility, proposed for construction adjacent to the Yellowknife Correctional Centre (YCC), was intended to accommodate high risk, male young offenders from throughout the Northwest Territories. Sleeping quarters consisted of 14 single-occupancy rooms. Meals are delivered from the YCC kitchen and young offenders have daily access to the YCC gymnasium. A total of 19 staff positions are allocated to operate the facility. The total project budget for the 675 square metres facility was $1.93 million. Completed in 1988.

Young Offender Secure Custody Facilities Study, Northwest Territories - 1987

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We formulated a development strategy for the provision of young offender secure custody facilities for the entire Northwest Territories. Our work encompassed regional needs assessments; development of facilities planning guidelines; examination of specific sites and renovation possibilities; comparative cost analyses; and comparison of five communities in the central arctic as locations for a secure custody unit. The four new facilities specified in the plan would comprise a total capacity of 58 beds, a one-third increase over the existing total. In addition to providing a more equitable regional distribution of service, the planned facilities will meet the anticipated long term need for secure custody in the territory. Completed in 1987.

Eastern Arctic Young Offender Secure Custody Facility, Iqaluit, - 1987

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We planned a facility to accommodate young offenders from the Baffin, Keewatin and Kitikmeot Regions. While most of the residents would be males sentenced to secure custody, females and predisposition youth would be held also. With a total floor area of 735 square metres, the 12-bed facility was designed to allow for the possible future addition of four beds. The residential component comprised four double-occupancy rooms and four single-occupancy rooms. The building supported a wide range of program activities, including an active athletic program utilizing a flexible, high-ceiling room for a variety of sports. We were retained by the architects to define the facilities program and liaise with the design team through to the acceptance of conceptual design. Completed in 1987.