mâmawêyatitân centre: (re)defining shared


James Youck
P3 Architecture Partnership

Chris Roszell
P3 Architecture Partnership

Greg Enion
Regina Public Schools


1 Learning Units (LU)

How applies to HSW:

How do you define shared? The mâmawêyatitân centre is a departure from a conventional shared facility. This presentation will explore the history, evolution, governance, programming, and architecture of this ground-breaking project located in the inner city of Regina, Saskatchewan. The centre is the first of its kind in Canada to offer integrated services across the community, and demonstrates how those services can build and enhance communities.   The mâmawêyatitân centre, a Cree work meaning “let’s be all together” is a journey that began in 2003 in one of the most challenged neighbourhoods in Canada – Regina’s North Central. The journey culminated with the opening of the state-of-the-art building in September of 2017. The $41 million facility includes a grade 9-12 public high school, a community centre, a community policing centre, a public library, and daycare centre.     The project is based on four critical determinants for the success of a community: education, health services, information, and cultural and recreational opportunities. The mâmawêyatitân centre is a partnership between Regina Public Schools (with the support of the Government of Saskatchewan), the City of Regina, and Regina Public Library. The centre, in which 70% of spaces are shared, represents an operational and facility model that synthesizes and reinterprets educational activities, cultural and informational resources, and community programs and services in order to educate, inform, involve, and empower individuals in the community.     The building is accessed by up to 500 high school students (the majority are Indigenous or newcomers to Canada), 30 infants and toddlers, over 250 Regina Public Library users and 250 users of community programming. The innovative physical space supports the integration and collaborative goals of the Partners, and engages the broader community.   The presentation will explore not only the architectural expression of the building, but how the goals of the project were achieved and how it continues to provide services that focus on youth and families within a vibrant neighborhood, building partnerships between community, schools and service providers, and working collaboratively to improve outcomes of health and social well-being.

Learning Objectives:
  • The Process of bringing together multiple government agencies, stakeholders, and users groups to determine the vision and mission of an integrated facility and the value of a developing a Master Agreement;
  • Developing the Program: defining integration and establishing how the van facility move beyond co-location and engage integrated programming
  • How do you determine an appropriate Architectural Response to an ambitious integrated program;
  • Lessons learned from the project development process, post occupancy, and what the future holds for facilities of this nature
Primary Competency:

Educational Facility Pre-Design Planning: Manages a master planning process that combines educational planning, facilities assessment and utilization, demographic research, capital planning and educational specifications with a community-based vision to establish a plan for learning environments. This includes the ability to translate existing or aspirational instructional models to specific programming and spatial relationships.

Primary Domain:

Context: Content of this session/workshop will focus on the circumstances that form the setting for the design and construction of specific learning environments and characteristics that distinguishes the project from other applications.

Secondary Domain:

Process: Content of this session/workshop will focus on the importance of quality processes and practices implemented by the project team when creating learning environments. The who, what, when and how of various disciplines and applications.

Additional information:

The Goals of this Integrated Project include the following. These were determined collaboratively with all the users and stakeholders:

1. Instill Public Confidence and Pride The mâmawêyatitân centre welcomes community members of all ages, and all cultural, social, educational and economic profiles. The facility promotes diversity, awareness, tolerance, and inclusion. By providing community members with access to services and information, the centre promotes individual and community empowerment.

2. Integrate Service Delivery The building consists of services and spaces dedicated to project partners, and spaces dedicated to shared use. It provides functionally appropriate spaces for education, health services and community interaction, accessed by project partners for maximum utilization and benefit to the community.

3. Learning Across the Community Through its layout, synergistic operations of functions and services, and concurrent access to information, learning, health and community services, the mâmawêyatitân centre provides an environment that attracts community use and creates a holistic experience.

4. Optimize Project Resources The aggregate project budget was used to the maximum benefit of all project participants. Available resources were optimized by maximizing multi-purpose functionality, flexibility, adaptability and diversity throughout the building.

5. Optimize Project Opportunities The development potential of the site was maximized. Additional future partners, expansion, and growth are anticipated.

6. Enhance the Surrounding Community The mâmawêyatitân centre is a neighbourhood focal point, with a welcoming exterior and a safe and accessible interior. Activities conducted in mâmawêyatitân centre contribute directly and indirectly to the economic development of the surrounding community.     The users of mâmawêyatitân centre include:

  • Scott Collegiate, Regina Public Schools
  • City of Regina
  • Albert Scott Community Centre
  • Regina Public LibraryÕs Albert Branch
  • Regina Police Service
  • Scott Infant and Toddler Centre Inc.
  • Chili for Children (Non-Profit)
  • North Central Community Association
  • Neighbourhood food store provided by REACH (Regina Education Against Child Hunger)
  • Hoteling and storage space for outside agencies and non-profits