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We sweat the small stuff for a design that keeps tradition alive

This shelter, designed by Robert and Frederic with input from Amiskwaciy staff and students, is a striking, rounded building made entirely of wood

After months of hard work, a very special Stantec project—the design of a traditional sweat lodge enclosure at Edmonton’s Amiskwaciy Academy—saw successful completion in November, and project partners, stakeholders, and local leaders gathered in celebration.

This unique project combined the traditional insight and guidance of amiskwaciy Academy Elder Whiskeyjack and students, the design expertise of Stantec’s Robert Bourdages and Frederic Brisson, Ledcor’s top-notch carpentry and construction services, and the generous contributions of numerous suppliers. Together through in-kind donations, this team produced the very first structure of its kind on Edmonton Public School Board property.

The shelter, designed by Robert and Frederic with input from Amiskwaciy staff and students, is a striking, rounded building made entirely of wood. The lodge itself is a traditional space for mental, spiritual, and physical refuge and the aesthetics and natural construction materials of the shelter echo its purpose. When the design was complete, Frederic and Robert presented the drawings to a room full of students, explaining to them the steps and considerations taken to arrive at their design decisions. But our Stantec colleagues will be the first to admit that they learned as much as they taught throughout this process.

The project wasn’t without its construction challenges. It’s not often that one builds a completely circular structure—nor one made exclusively of wood, for that matter. The Ledcor crew had ongoing discussions with Robert and Frederic as they worked together to navigate some of these project obstacles. And the end result speaks for itself.

Everyone agrees that the level of coordination and cooperation seen throughout this project is an example to live by. With all project partners focused on the end goal and the difference this structure would make to the community and its spiritual traditions, the undertaking was destined for success from the onset. Stakeholders pooled resources, pulled together, and learned from one another. They combined forces to get the job done. This project is the definition of a community project—a success of which all involved can be, and are, tremendously proud. And one which will serve Amiskwaciy Academy, and the broader community, for years to come.

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