Aug. 20, 2012 – ATCO Sustainable Communities and the George Gordon First Nation today celebrated the opening of the new George Gordon Childcare Facility; specially designed to serve pressing community needs. The George Gordon First Nation is a community of 3,300 people located 120 km north of Regina, Sask.
Developed through extensive community consultations, the 4,500 sq.ft. facility is the first project completed by ATCO Sustainable Communities, a new ATCO company that provides a full range of pre-fabricated building solutions for Indigenous and other remote communities.
“This childcare facility combines ATCO’s modern construction technology with our long history of forming successful Aboriginal partnerships,” said Nancy Southern, President & Chief Executive Officer, ATCO Group, who attended the opening ceremony. “It is our goal to provide Aboriginal communities with sustainable facilities that contribute to a high quality of life.”
The new facility can accommodate 48 students, which nearly doubles the capacity of the former daycare that was prone to flooding. It is energy efficient and low maintenance featuring child-size amenities, bright offices and a durable metal roof. The facility was delivered to the site as four large pre-fabricated blocks and constructed over the course of four weeks.
“Our new childcare facility is more than just the extra space we needed so that no child in this community is turned away,” said George Gordon First Nation Chief Shawn Longman. “It provides the safe, healthy and inviting environment all our children deserve to learn, grow and have fun.”
The opening ceremony also included the signing of a Relationship Agreement between ATCO Sustainable Communities and the George Gordon First Nation.
“The Relationship Agreement represents a joint commitment to work together on long-term community solutions,” said Boris Rassin, President, ATCO Sustainable Communities. “We look forward to collaborating on community planning and developing sustainable infrastructure that reflects the culture and values of this community.”
ATCO Sustainable Communities can design and build any facility a community may need ranging from offices, schools and daycare centres to residential housing, hockey arenas and retail outlets. The company also provides utility infrastructure, such as water purification and distributed power generation facilities.
Headquartered in Calgary, ATCO Sustainable Communities is part of the ATCO Group of Companies. ATCO Group, with more than 8,800 employees and assets of approximately $13 billion, delivers service excellence and innovative business solutions worldwide with leading companies engaged in Structures & Logistics (manufacturing, logistics and noise abatement), Utilities (pipelines, natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution), Energy (power generation, natural gas gathering, processing, storage and liquids extraction) and Technologies (business systems solutions).
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