North Slave Correctional Facility

Project Overview

The 9,500 m2 North Slave Correction Facility (NSCF) is built to house approximately 180 inmates and is operated on an indirect supervision approach, focusing on the healing and program aspect of rehabilitation rather than the standard institutional approach of 'locking them up.' Construction materials and colours selected facilitate a quiet, peaceful and healing environment. The NSCF consists of four buildings built in two phases; Phase one is a Young Offender's facility, a Recreation and Services Building, and a Boiler Building; Phase two is the adult facility housing maximum security, general cell blocks, special needs areas and the Administration spaces . All the buildings are linked with above ground secure utilidors.

The project provided the team many challenges. The site chosen is an old rock quarry site requiring the foundations for the new facilities to be scribed and doweled to the rock surface. In addition, the building footprint provided challenges in achieving optimal winter heating. Fast Track construction was required to bring the Young Offenders Facility on-line while the Adult facility was buiilt, requiring security protocols to maintain the security of safety of the young offenders.

PCL planned and implemented a multi-tender schedule to accomodate the fast-tracked release of scoping drawings and start the construction shortly after award. Thirteen (13) different tender packages were prepared and coordinated to ensure continuity of construction which progressed according the the preliminary schedules set with the GNWT. The NSCF was opened on time, under budget and within a successfully collaborative environment, making it one of the most successful projects in the GNWT at that time.


Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife, NT
Yellowknife – Buildings & Civil Construction
PCL Constructors Northern Inc.
Commercial, Government Public Facilities and Military
Construction Management