As published in Western Built Magazine - Fall Issue 2022
Eagle Builders was brought onto the project in 2021 to coordinate the Centre’s design elements. Eagle Builders is an Alberta-based manufacturing and construction company specializing in the design, engineering, fabrication, and building of precast concrete structures.
In the beginning, the project team did its due diligence and looked at similar projects in larger communities to draw inspiration, focusing on buildings like the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, which features bright colours and a Lego-themed design.
Child abuse and online child exploitation
are major issues across the country,
yet too often it happens in silence.
It can be very frightening for children to
report their abusers, and it can be especially difficult if children are reporting an adult they rely on, such as a parent or
caregiver. The COVID-19 pandemic has
only exacerbated these challenges by
keeping many children at risk at home
with their abusers.
“From the hockey coach to the
schoolteacher to their friend’s mom,
the pandemic took kids away from
trusted adults and, for many kids, kept
them at home with their abusers,” says
the CACAC Campaign Director, Jennifer
O’Shea. “As a society, we’ve always
been very reactive to child abuse and
doing the work after it’s already happened. The Centre of Excellence will act as a beacon in the dark. The new building will allow us to be more proactive by putting all the partners that kids need
at one location. We want this to be the
new model for recovery and support.”
Full story at WesternBuiltMagazine.ca