PCL : First Nations University of Canada
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First Nations University of Canada

Project Overview

Previously operating out of seven different locations in Regina, the First Nations College had grown to the point of needing a home that allows everyone to share in the cultural importance and significance of Aboriginal people in Saskatchewan and Canada. Designed by world-renowned Aboriginal architect Douglas Cardinal (in consultation with First Nations Elders, staff, faculty, and community), the new College is a 139,160-square-foot, four-story building adjacent to the University of Regina. Designed in a semicircle that faces south, like the Sundance Lodge, the facility opens to embrace the sun's warmth and light. The circle is a powerful symbol in Indian society, signifying the interconnectedness of all beings.

Part of PCL’s commitment to the First Nations University of Canada was to provide opportunities for training and employment for First Nations people. In 1997, PCL brought together the Construction Career Development Project, which included representatives from the Saskatchewan Construction Association, the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, Advanced Education — Employment & Labour, the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission, and the First Nations Employment Centre. Now called Construction Careers Regina (CCR), the organization has helped thousands of individuals find employment on a wide variety of construction projects. As a result, CCR was recognized by the Saskatchewan Labour Force Development Board for innovation in employment and training. To date, there are seven career centers in Saskatchewan: Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, La Ronge, Yorkton, Meadow Lake, and North Battleford.

DETAILS

CLIENT:
First Nations University of Canada
PROJECT LOCATION:
Regina, SK
PCL OFFICE:
Regina – Buildings & Civil Construction
COMPANY:
PCL Construction Management Inc.
SECTOR:
Buildings
MARKET:
Education
DELIVERY METHOD:
Construction Management

Awards

2004 Presidential Award - SK Masonry Institute 2004 awards

2002 Innovation in Action Award - Saskatchewan Construction Association

2002 Excellence in Innovation Award of Merit - Canadian Construction Association

2002 Industry Builder Award - Saskatchewan Construction Association