Attawapiskat Youth Centre
Attawapiskat First Nation, ON
10,200 sq. ft.
“NDL Construction and f-BLOK have collaborated on design-build proposals throughout the years. f-BLOK has put in every effort in providing complete concept documents which our clients find valuable in visualizing the final product.
We find f-BLOK to be sincere in their goals of facilitating northern living and delivering facilities that are beneficial to the remote communities and residences we work with.
f-BLOK’s design process is comprehensive and thorough, as all consulting disciplines are involved. This limits the need for design changes and cost-creep during construction which all project shareholders appreciate.”
– Bruno Gagnon, NDL Construction Ltd
f-BLOK, together with NDL Construction, LDA Structural Engineers, SMS Engineering, Scatliff + Miller + Murray, and Neegan Burnside, collaborated on the Attawapiskat Youth Centre through a design-build project delivery.
f-BLOK was brought into the team by recommendation, bringing a willingness to collaborate and deliver on northern projects. Through the design-build process, Attawapiskat Youth Centre was extremely well-received, earning a perfect score from the evaluation team.
The AFN Youth Centre includes the following programs: community kitchen, café, quiet room, locker room and a greenhouse and garden. The building will provide a safe, culturally appropriate, and nurturing environment that emphasizes a healthy lifestyle and community presentation and gathering through mentorship and the transfer of knowledge from community Elders to youth.
The building will play an integral role in the community as a hub for teaching holistic wellness, with the centre serving as a meeting space for sharing circles, community events, presentation space and community exhibitions and work fairs.
The building and site were designed to reference the experience of walking through the natural forest lands in this area with a glulam structure and exposed wood interior complete with wall carvings and natural stone.