University of Saskatchewan
The USSU Childcare Centre, owned and operated by the University of Saskatchewan, provides childcare for the students and staff with children while also serving the surrounding residential neighbourhood. The 788-squire-metre facility, designed to accommodate 100 children between the ages of 18 months and 4 years, provides a healthy environment that supports learning and play. The design played with the concept of scale; windows, doors, and interior finishes directly reflect the size of children who are the primary occupants. This allows children to have a purpose-built facility where everything is within arms reach and within their line of sight. The simple concept floor plan allows for both open concept areas and dedicated space for different age groups. Every room within the centre provides access to natural light, along with views of the outdoors. With a LEED Silver mandate, the Childcare Centre features a variety of sustainable design elements with a focus on water savings, energy reduction and enhancing the indoor environment for children occupying the building. The facility is LEED Silver Certified.