Community Centre for Whitesand First Nation

The Whitesand First Nation is an Ojibwa Community located in Armstrong, ON, 246 kilometers north east of the city of Thunder Bay.  When it was time to build a new Community Centre, Chief Allan Gustafson and Council had a vision for a facility which would meet the needs of the entire community.

Rengnal Construction partnered with Global Steel Buildings to deliver a new Multi-plex community centre pre-engineered steel building. Global’s quality steel pre-engineered steel buildings are built for the Canadian climate.  Global Steel Buildings engineered a structure that was functional, aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient.

Community Centre Project Design

Community Centre Pre Engineered Steel Building

This project involved the erection of two buildings attached to create an accessible, functional multi purpose facility to serve the community. Building A measures 53 feet wide by 86 feet long with a height at the eaves of 22 feet and is a single slope rigid frame construction.  The front side wall of building A attaches to building B which measures 82 feet wide by 69 feet long with a height of 12 feet at the eaves.  Building B is a double slope rigid frame construction.

Both buildings are clear span design, fabricated of galvalume roof sheeting and 24 gauge colored wall sheeting and feature multiple main doors and thermal windows.

The Whitesands Community Centre is a 10,000 square foot building which was can withstand huge snow loads, an important factor for all construction in Northern Ontario.  Designed for fire prevention, the Whitesands Community Centre has a fire wall construction and Roxul insulation which substantially reduces operating and insurance expenses.

Community Centre Pre Engineered Steel BuildingLooking for a solution which was cost-effective, pre-engineered steel was the natural choice. Pre-engineered steel buildings can be built 30% to 50% faster than buildings using more traditional materials and at a substantially lower cost.  The clear span design allowed for the multi-purpose use of the building which houses a gym and recreational facility, kitchen, health and community programs,  career training centre, educational and meeting facilities.

Steel offers multiple benefits including cost, design and energy efficiency, and its impact on the environment is minimal, which was an important deciding factor for the Whitesand First Nation.