Initiated in 2001, the project was planned as a multi-function cultural centre that would offer the community a place to celebrate and connect to their culture. The organizing bodies for the centre have been the Manitoba Sikh Cultural and Senior’s Centre (MSCSC) and the Punjab Foundation of Manitoba. The Punjab Cultural Centre houses multiple commercial storefronts, a restaurant, a banquet hall, a daycare, and spaces for senior’s activities.
The project consisted of a major renovation to an existing 1964 two-storey school building along with a 11,200 sf new addition. The existing building was upgraded to current codes including barrier-free access. The multi-purpose halls can be divided or kept open to host functions for over 800 people, thus providing a large amount of flexibility in this multi-use building. The building is 35,800 sf and sits on a 158,000 sf site, a large portion of the site was left undisturbed during the construction process to maintain open space.