USSU Childcare Centre – McEown Location

University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

In 2011, aodbt was engaged by the University of Saskatchewan to provide consulting services to determine the most suitable option for a new childcare facility. This project is being delivered in two stages: first a feasibility analysis and then detailed design and construction. Through an integrated approach, the design team worked to evaluate existing buildings, develop functional programs, initiate schematic design options, and evaluate costs for each of the facility options. From the analysis, the University proceeded with a purpose built facility on the College Quarter site. aodbt is currently working with the University on the second stage of the project, including detailed design and construction. The final design is a 620 square meter wood framed facility with the capacity to hold 90 children. The program allows for flexibility and meets the needs of the building users. The architectural features provide the College Quarter with an interesting façade and interactive outdoor environment to compliment the adjacent uses. With a LEED Silver mandate, the team has integrated a variety of sustainable design solutions with a focus on water savings, energy reduction and enhancing the indoor environment for children occupying the building.