daycares :: Makoonsag Daycare

sustainability
LEED® Certified

location
527 Selkirk Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

client
Urban Circle Training Centre

contractor
Regent Construction Ltd.

consultant
S/ Wolfrom Eng. Ltd.
M/ Faraci Eng. Ltd.
E/ Williams Eng. Ltd.


area
10,000 sf

cost
$2 Million

status
Completed 2012


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Prairie Architects was commissioned to design a new Child Care and Intergenerational Learning Centre in a surplus retail store on Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg’s North End for 52 children of students at Urban Circle and the U of M’s Inner City Social Work Program. The facility will focus on best practices in Early Childhood Development and training for Aboriginal childcare workers in cooperation with Red River College. The curriculum will be grounded in Aboriginal teachings and traditions and will create a positive intergenerational learning environment for the larger community, involving Elders, parents, families and youth. Three residential lots behind the centre were purchased and developed into a natural urban forest play area. The official opening took place in May of 2012 and the building achieved LEED® Certified status in 2014.