Size: 59,300 SF | Value: $16.8 Million | Completion: 2010 | Location: Windsor
Architecture, Civil Engineering, Cost Estimating, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering
WalterFedy has served the John McGivney Children’s Centre as architects, engineers, and project managers since 2006. Housed in a facility that was built for 200 children, the Centre grew to serve over 2,100, and lacked the space necessary to properly support Essex County or deliver new programs.
The 21,000 sq.ft. existing facility was completely renovated and expanded with an additional 38,320 sq.ft. The broad range of services offered by the Centre includes assistive devices, communication therapy, daycare, family services, medical, occupational therapy, recreation therapy, and physiotherapy. The expanded centre will add programs such as the Family Resource Centre, which will provide information, technology, adaptive toys, and other services to families of children with special needs.
The design process for children’s treatment centres is unique and intimate, demanding that all involved be motivated not by business needs or contracts, but by purpose and social cause. It requires a high degree of collaboration with staff and stakeholders, and a commitment to the families who will ultimately benefit from the work—where the health and well-being of children are concerned, there can be no compromises. Our team worked extensively with the building committee and therapists, ensuring that spaces respond appropriately to the provision of care services, and envisioning the redesigned Centre from the perspectives of the children it serves.