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Helen Schuler Nature Centre Renovation & Expansion

​Current Status ​Complete
​Time line Design: 2012; Tender: Summer 2012; ​Construction: 2012-2014
​Location ​Indian Battle Park
 

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

The project consists of a renovation and an approximate 500 sq. m. expansion of the existing building. Additional space will improve working conditions for staff and volunteers, meet increasing public demand, and allow for future programming opportunities. The expansion will modernize the facility, enhance services, improve accessibility and demonstrate sustainable building practices. Larger tours and multiple user groups will be accommodated. Gallery space will support future growth of the cultural sector, foster and strengthen new audiences and provide much needed space to display travelling science or technology based exhibits.  Improved office and storage will allow student internship programs to be developed. 

 Our Transformation


PROJECT UPDATES

January 17, 2014 - The Helen Schuler Nature Centre’s renovation and expansion is nearing completion with an expected grand opening date between Feb 27 – March 8, 2014. Bookings for programs and tours are available now at 403 320 3064 or email hsnc@lethbridge.ca.

September 18, 2012 - This morning Mayor Rajko Dodic and other City of Lethbridge representatives celebrated the launch of construction on the Helen Schuler Nature Centre by collecting seeds from the garden of the old centre. The plant seeds will be used in the landscaping of the renewed facility.

August 21, 2012 - The $4.1-million tender for the project has been awarded to the low bidder, Dawson Wallace Construction of Calgary. Construction is expected to begin in mid-September and should be complete by early 2014. The nature centre is currently operating out of a temporary facility in Indian Battle Park and will remain open throughout construction.

June 18, 2012 - Nature Centre volunteers and staff have begun the move to the temporary facility that the Centre will operate out of until the upgrade is complete.  The temporary facility is located in Indian Battle Park and will be open to the public starting July 14.

 

BACKGROUND

The expansion and renovation of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre was approved as project D-18 in the 2011 to 2020 Capital Improvement Program (CIP).  Quinn Young has been retained to complete the detailed design and provide tendering and construction services for this project. 

SCOPE/DELIVERABLES

  • A new fully accessible entrance, lobby area dedicated to volunteer and supporter recognition
  • Additional indoor community meeting space to better meet the functional needs of user groups
  • Gallery space to double the current exhibition space
  • Provide additional meeting and programming rooms for community groups
  • A fully accessible green roof
  • Enlarged office and storage space
  • Enhanced washroom facilities
  • Upgrades to the building envelope, mechanical and electrical systems

The design of this facility will incorporate environmentally sustainable building features, and will target a Gold rating in accordance with the Canadian Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program. 

OUTCOME/EXPECTED RESULTS

The building will be used as a teaching tool; interpreting the sustainable building practices and principles it models and demonstrates.  Additional space will improve working conditions for staff and volunteers, meet increasing public demand, and allow future programming opportunities.  The expansion will modernize the facility, enhance services, improve accessibility and demonstrate sustainable building practices.

 

 

 

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Funding

​Source ​Amount
​City of Lethbridge: ​$4,072,000
​Grant - FGTF (Federal Gas Tax Fund) ​$400,000
​Total: ​$4,472,000 

 

 

Contact Information

Project Managers:
Patrick Spanos, B.Mgt., P.L.(Eng)
Building Project Manager City of Lethbridge
 
Department Head:
Coreen Putman
Coordinator, Helen Schuler Nature Centre
 
Design Consultants:
Quinn Young Architects Ltd.
Calgary, AB
 
Construction Consultants:
Dawson Wallace Construction
Calgary, AB