Prince Albert, SK

Pine Grove Correctional Centre, Tamarack Building

Project Details


$12.2 Million


August 2013


18,126 sq. ft.


Prime Consulting, Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Contract Administration, Sustainability Consulting

The Pine Grove Provincial Correctional Centre plays a crucial role in serving the entire province of Saskatchewan as a women’s correctional center. The Tamarack Building represents a significant expansion to this facility, introducing additional secure bed spaces, expanded programming areas, and heightened security measures. This expansion includes three units, each with 10 cells, adding a total of 60 new beds. The design prioritized creating living spaces that foster rehabilitation and life skills while maintaining security. To achieve this, each unit was designed with features such as natural light, uplifting color schemes, communal gathering areas, access to laundry facilities, and kitchen appliances. Shared supervision between units and the incorporation of secure staff spaces were also considered, with a central control post enabling centralized and direct supervision over each unit.

An essential aspect of the design was the commitment to sustainability and achieving a minimum of LEED Silver Certification. This presented unique challenges given the northern climate and the security requirements of the facility. Innovative solutions were implemented, including the use of six underground tanks to collect rainwater for sewage conveyance, resulting in a 50% reduction in water usage compared to traditional buildings. Furthermore, the building achieved a 40% energy savings when compared to the NECB Base Building standard. Remarkably, this project became the first institutional facility in Saskatchewan to attain LEED Gold Certification, marking a significant achievement in sustainable design for the province.