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Thompson Rivers University Early Childhood Education Centre

Repurposing an existing industrial space to provide a unique childcare experience

  • 11K

    Square Metres

  • 94


  • $8M

    Construction Value

  • Kamloops, British Columbia

    Kamloops, British Columbia

A unique early childhood education centre

Needing to expand and relocate their outdated childcare facility, Thompson Rivers University (TRU) converted a former ginseng warehouse into an innovative childcare centre—the TRU Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC)—combining childcare, early education, an Indigenous teaching centre, and research functions by transforming a space that houses both a non-profit daycare and an early childcare education centre.

Working with stakeholder groups, we provided full services for this unique project—functional programming, architecture, interior design, structural, mechanical, electrical, civil, landscape, traffic consulting, and IM/IT and security system services. In designing all program areas within this first-of-a-kind facility, our designers drew inspiration from the Reggio Emilia Approach, an educational philosophy that encourages children’s curiosity as they explore and connect with the world around them. The daycare’s interior is organized like a small village and will foster research and connection between children and adults.

The new ECEC will provide parents at TRU much needed childcare services while serving as a model for other institutions looking to combine these basic services with faculty research.

At a Glance

  • Thompson Rivers University
  • Cariboo Childcare Society
Meet Our Team

Brian Christianson, Principal, Practice Leader British Columbia

When you can consistently demonstrate that you have your client’s best interests at heart you build trust, and your reach becomes endless.
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Andreas Haase, Senior Associate

I am passionate about being an integral member of the design team in delivering projects of any type and of any scale.

Shane Brooks, Associate, Electrical Engineer

Our world is changing—moving from fossil fuels to alternative electrification solutions will be necessary. We can help make that a reality.
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Maciej Golaszewski, Landscape Architect

Developing new sustainability measures to mitigate the effects of climate change is one more step towards a better future for the world.

Brian Christianson

Principal, Practice Leader British Columbia

Andreas Haase

Senior Associate

Shane Brooks

Associate, Electrical Engineer

Maciej Golaszewski

Landscape Architect

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