Saskatoon, SK

USSU Childcare Centre – McEown

Project Details


$3.3 Million


March 2016


8,374 sq. ft.


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

The USSU Childcare Centre – McEown Building, owned and operated by the University of Saskatchewan (USask), serves as a vital resource by providing essential childcare services for the students and staff with families. Additionally, it plays a significant role in meeting the childcare needs of the surrounding residential community. The facility is overseen by a team of 10 dedicated staff members, providing care and educational support for up to 100 children aged between 18 months and 4 years.

The building, constructed with a wood frame, has the capacity to house 90 children while offering a flexible program tailored to the needs of its users. Its architectural design not only contributes to the visual appeal of the College Quarter but also fosters an interactive outdoor environment that complements adjacent uses.

This purpose-built facility places the well-being of children at the forefront by taking their unique perspective into account. The design team creatively played with the concept of scale, ensuring that elements such as windows, doors, and interior finishes are tailored to suit children’s dimensions. This approach creates a child-centric environment where everything is easily accessible and within their line of sight. The building’s straightforward layout encompasses open-concept spaces and dedicated areas for different age groups, each flooded with abundant natural light and views of the outdoors. Moreover, the project adhered to a LEED Silver mandate, seamlessly integrating sustainable design solutions centered on water conservation, energy efficiency, and the creation of a healthy indoor environment for the young occupants. As a result, the facility successfully attained LEED Silver Certification.