daycares :: The Great-West Life Daycare

sustainability
LEEDŽ Platinum

location
51 Balmoral St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

client
The Great-West Life Assurance Company

contractor
Manshield Construction

consultant
S/ Wolfrom Eng. Ltd.
E/ KGS Group
M/ KGS Group
C/ WSP Group
L/ NADI Design


area
9,515 sf

status
In progress


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The new childcare facility, Building Blocks on Balmoral at Great-West Life YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg, is an exemplary case study highlighting the success of adaptive re-use of heritage buildings. Once vacant and derelict, the Milner House now sits at the heart of a much-needed facility providing 100 licenced childcare spots to Great-West Life employees and its surrounding West Broadway community. In addition to the extraordinary measures that Great-West Life undertook to rehabilitate the grade III heritage building, there is another equally impressive storey. Not only has this endeavour restored the Milner House to again have a useful life, it has transformed the building to be among the leaders of sustainable, energy conserving and healthy buildings in Canada. With an array of sustainable features that include geothermal ground source heat-pump with in-floor radiant heating and chilled beams for cooling; displacement ventilation translating to lower fan power; significant use of salvaged, refurbished and re-used materials; substantial water use reduction; an abundance of daylight and views; and use of low-emitting materials, the new facility is targeting LEED Platinum certification. The Building Blocks on Balmoral at Great-West Life YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg, will stand as a testament to adaptive re-use in taking a century old building and transforming it into a leading example of sustainability well into the next century!


For more information on the history of the Milner House, please visit The Official Blog of Heritage Winnipeg:

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