first nations :: Wahbung Abinoonjiiag

sustainability
Targeting LEED® Gold

location
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

client
Wahbung Abinoonjiiag

contractors
Milron Construction Services

consultant
S/ Crosier Kilgour & Partners
M/ Faraci Eng. Ltd.
E/ SMS Eng. Ltd.


area
6,500 sf

cost
$1.4 Million

status
Completed 2004


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Wahbung Abinoonjiiag opened its doors to the community in July 1996. The program provides high quality, culturally appropriate healing supports for Aboriginal children aged 0-6 years, who have directly or indirectly been affected by violence in their immediate families. Wahbung Abinoonjiiage operates within the principles and values of the Medicine Wheel and works to support both the children and mothers who have left abusive relationships.

The 6,500sf building designed to express the teachings of the medicine wheel and reflect the sacred symbol of the turtle both in the quality of space and building program. The building provides two large main floor program areas for children, a central meeting place, and administrative offices while the upper floor has two- 3 bedroom suits for emergency and transitional housing. Through the use of green building technology, Wahbung Abinoonjiiag’s new facilities will be a model of sustainability and a powerful example of 7 generations planning. Wahbung has targeted a LEED gold EC-2000 green building rating with an energy savings of greater than 50% over the model National Energy Code for Buildings

The $1.4 million facility was completed in fall 2004.