Ile-a-la-Crosse, SK

Île-à-la-Crosse Integrated Services Centre

Project Details


$29.3 Million


September 2007


123,784 sq. ft.


Prime Consulting, Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Contract Administration

The Northern Village of Île-à-la-Crosse is a unique rural community in Northern Saskatchewan. Its historic roots and location being surrounded by water make it a very independent community.

The Île-à-la-Crosse Integrated Services Complex is a truly integrated facility that houses a number of different services in a single facility. Designed with the community’s geographic location, culture, and heritage in mind, the three-storey joint-use facility houses the Rossignol Community High School, St. Joseph’s Integrate Care Centre, a community library, a childcare centre, and community services for the residents in the community.

The Rossignol Community High School is designed with its identity and security for students. The building has structured internal connections to a variety of other opportunities for the students through careful organization of the circulation systems. The school features classrooms for students from Grades 7 to 12, industrial arts classrooms and labs, science rooms, a resource room, performing arts spaces, two general instruction classrooms for post-secondary training, a large gymnasium with spectator seating, and an indoor walking track.

The health care section of the building includes an 11-bed acute care hospital with an emergency department, radiology, and lab services; a 17-bed long-term care facility; and community health services, including public health, mental health, and family healing centre. The hospital serves the remote northwest Saskatchewan communities from Canoe Lake to Buffalo Narrows to Patuanak.

This joint-use facility includes many shared spaces that are jointly used by the school and the health centre but are also available to community groups for activities. These shared spaces include the community library, gymnasium, adult education classrooms, a community-operated childcare and early learning centre, stage and performing arts classroom, multipurpose/meeting rooms, community recreation, and a space for community Elders and spiritual counselling.

The combined facility is 120,000 square feet in size and was built on a site overlooking Lac Île-à-la-Crosse. The roof’s shape was designed to look like a canoe being portaged, reminiscent of an era when the canoe was the major mode of transportation. Organic and natural materials such as wood and stone are used throughout the building.