Ochapowace Nation, SK
Chief Denton George Memorial Multiplex
81,246 sq. ft.
Prime Consulting, Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Contract Administration
The Chief Denton George Memorial Multiplex has become the main gathering place for the community. The facility is designed with careful consideration of the present and future recreational, physical, spiritual, and health needs of the people who live in Ochapowace and the surrounding region.
The multi purpose facility includes one 1,500-seat indoor NHL size hockey arena with locker rooms, a community hall with the capacity to set up to 500 people, fitness centre/training area, concession space, offices, Elder’s Cultural room, and a walking and jogging track. The community is utilizing the space for their recreational, educational, and cultural programs.
Designed for maximum programming flexibility to meet the needs of various user groups, the Multiplex is open to the community for a variety of events and functions throughout the day, evenings and weekends, including hockey games, boxing, track walking/running, weddings, funerals, celebrations, and pow-wows.
The multiplex can be accessed from different locations depending on whether you are coming as a program user/visitor, a staff member, or a delivery person. Users of the facility can enter the building from the main entry which relates to the central lobby and orientation space.
The teepee was an inspiring addition to the multiplex plan. To achieve one-of-a-kind structure, the design team had to mimic what is traditionally a portable shelter made of wood and animal hides, yet construct a permanent, waterproof and ventilated building component—all the while meeting current building code. The design team was able to design a teepee-shaped structure that blends seamlessly into the main building.