The project FNI did the initial concept design for, originally known as the North-Central Shared Facility, is in construction, and has been renamed by the community as the Mâmawêyatitân Centre, Excerpt from an article in the Leader Post:
The steel and concrete shell in the heart of the north-central neighbourhood shows the long-awaited Mâmawêyatitân Centre — formerly known simply as the North-Central Shared Facility — is well underway. In fact, the building under construction on the grounds of the existing Scott Collegiate, which will be among the future users, is already 25 to 27 per cent complete.
“We’re still very much on target for (completion in) spring 2017,” Jeff Barber said in a recent interview. Director of the Regina Public Library (RPL), Barber is also CEO and chair of the “Owner’s Group,” — the parties which are funding the the $42.2 million project. The cost is shared by the provincial government, the City of Regina, and RPL.
The notion of a shared facility started in 2003; planning and consultations began three years later. The project finally got the go-ahead in September 2014.
“We are excited to see the progress of the centre after the many years of development,” Michael Parker, executive director of the North Central Community Association, said in an email.
Barber describes it as “unique building,” allowing for shared space and programs. In fact, the name Mâmawêyatitân (pronounced Ma-ma-wayta-tane) is a Cree word meaning “let’s all be together.”
The centre will include Scott Collegiate, a public library, daycare, recreational complex, community centre, multipurpose room, community policing centre and First Nations elders room. The plan is for Scott to open in the new facility for the start of the school year in the fall 2017.
Outdoor plans include a garden, basketball court, playground and soccer pitch. Barber said the outdoor space will be built in a circular pattern with elements drawn from indigenous tradition.
“We are trying to make sure that it’s a place where the indigenous community feels comfortable and is able to see that as their space.”
The second floor will primarily be used for classroom space, while the main floor will be more open, with a common corridor leading to areas like the library and elders room.
Here’s the website for the Centre: http://www.mamaweyatitan.ca/