Role: Lead for research and programming, designer & production during schematic design (proposal, programming, collaborative/ integrated design, site analysis, schematic design)
Status: Completed 2015
Amber Trails school reflects 7Oaks’ student and community centered teaching methods. The school’s library and gym are the only ones in the community, public to all ages. The library was very carefully thought through using extensive participatory research, to make sure that the space responds to an all-ages spectrum of needs.
aboriginal peoples television network
Newsroom and Studio - Major Redevelopment
Location: 333 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB With: Prairie Architects Value: $4.57m Size: 19,000sf, 2-storeys plus basement Role: Design development, contract documents Client: Jean LaRose-CEO, Sky Bridges-COO, Dave Prefontaine-Facilities Manager
The new studio and newsroom for APTN relates the key stories of a living indigenous tradition. This major redevelopment of two existing buildings reflects APTN’s symbolic reinhabitation of colonized space. Reaching out from the building to connect with the street, the recording studio is in the shape of a drum, which represents the shared heartbeat of life. APTN captures stories important to us, and the drum represents the resonance of communication between our nations, and between people and the land. A copper ribbon unravels from the drum to link both facades; it rises and takes flight like the aurora borealis, broadcasting to the entire nation, connecting our hearts together. The copper ribbon links two dissimilar buildings into a coherent whole. Floating objects inhabit a daylit interior, separating off space for offices, recording, and other services.
Makoonsag Intergenerational Learning Centre
Daycare – Major Redevelopment Location: 527 Selkirk Ave, Winnipeg, MB With: Prairie Architects, Dudley Thompson-Principal Client: Sharon Slater, Urban Circle Training Centre Value: $1.88m, 1-storey Size: 6,500sf, 1-storey plus basement Role: Project Lead (proposal, site & code analysis, rezoning application & coordination, schematic design, design development, specifications, contract documents, contract administration) Status: Completed September 2011
Makoonsag is open to the community, but many of the parents take courses at the Urban Circle Training Centre, and was conceived as a project fully integrated into the local community, reinhabiting a retail space that itself was an amalgam of two historical homes plus additions. Makoonsag means “little bears” in Cree. Elder Stella Blackbird’s vision included the Spirit Room, a domed structure inspired by the traditional sweat lodge. The natural playscape outside mimics the same fun experiences of a natural meadow. By redirecting the back lane, children have direct, safe access to the three formerly vacant lots. An angled north-south path continues right through the building. Skylights along this north-south line bring daylight in from above, defining open corridors that make the whole daycare feel like one space.
Bald Eagle Lodge at University of Manitoba Aboriginal Student Centre – New Construction Location: UofM Fort Garry Campus, Winnipeg, MB With: Prairie Architects Client: University of Manitoba Value: $5.03m Size: 8,500sf, 2-storey Role: Proposal, programming, collaborative design, schematic design, site analysis, design development, contract documents Status: Completed May 2008, LEED Gold Certified
A collaborative process brought together different groups from existing UofM programs for métis, aboriginal, and first nation students. The building signifies a journey, rising from the earth at the east entrance, through the daylit circle in the main lobby area, then back into the earth at the west door. Along this path are locally-harvested tamarack poles that represent the seven teachings in Anishinabe culture. The lobby features a mosaic created by students. The student lounge is sheltered by thirteen beams representing the thirteen moons or ribs of a woman. Wide south windows overlook the major pedestrian path through the university, with indigenous plants that recall students’ home communities. The circular Elders’ room on the west side partially shelters an outdoor ceremonial space.
Tommy Thomas Memorial Health Complex
Nursing Station and Health Professional Accommodations New ConstructionLocation: Opipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation, South Indian Lake, MB With: Prairie Architects Client Group:Michael Dumas, OPCN Jose Ferreira, Health Canada Phillip Cesario, PM Associates Value: Nursing Station $6.5m Housing $2.84m Size: Nursing Station 12,400sf, 1-storey + mezzanine Housing – 4x2-bed, 2x3-bed, 1x1-bed 6040sf total for seven units, 1-storey Role: Project Lead (proposal, schematic design, site analysis, design development, code analysis, specifications, contract documents, contract administration) Status: Nursing Station Completed March 2011 Housing Completed August 2010
The design concept that OPCN chose was a mother bird sheltering chicks. Community spaces are central, with high ceilings and light from clerestory windows. The inside of the nursing station is opened up with light coming in high over open hallways that have low, interior service spaces grouped in the core. All regularly used rooms are at the perimeter for direct daylight and views over the lake through generous windows.
The homes behind cluster around a shared courtyard, for safety and a community feel without fences, which was very important to OPCN. Homes use structural insulated panel walls and truss roofs for fast construction, excellent thermal performance, and mold resistance. All fill for the project was from OPCN’s gravel mill, and local workers were employed throughout. A long-term building with community foremost, this is a first step within OPCN’s vision for future development.