Miawpukek First Nation Emergency Services Building

Size: 315 m2 (3,391 ft2)
Location: Conne River, NL
Client: Miawpukek First Nation
Architecture: Gibbons Snow Architects Inc.
Engineering: CBCL Ltd.
Completion: Targeting December 2023

This new fire hall will offer services at the level of a modern fire services facility and serve the community for the foreseeable future. The building features durable finishes, energy efficiency measures to help keep operating costs at optimal levels, and a design that meets post-disaster criteria of the National Building Code of Canada.

Efficiency in the floor plan design creates a layout that incorporates space important to the Fire Chief and firefighters. Excessive circulation space was reduced by introducing a central Day Room: an addition which also allowed the Office, Training Room, Comms Room, and Vestibule to open onto a lobby area featuring a kitchenette and casual seating.

Recognition of cultural aspects of the MFN community was a guiding principle during the design process. Various critical design moves were made to reinforce this connection, including incorporating wood into the building structure and envelope, designing an exterior column to simulate the pole supports of a traditional Mi’kmaq wigwam, and incorporating the medicine wheel into the floor tile pattern within the Day Room.

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