The Sunchild First Nation is located 60 km northwest of Rocky Mountain House, AB. There are 750 members residing on the 52 km2 Sunchild First Nation reserve.
The Nation had a partially developed site including a pre-engineered structure, originally planned as an ice arena. The building was clad, but opening were not finished and closed and the building envelop was damaged on both the interior and exterior. The concrete slab was yet to be poured and drawings were not available for the existing structure. With changing priorities, Sunchild decided to retrofit portions of this building for use as a Community Hall and Fire Hall. Remaining space will be shelled for future development opportunities.
The Sunchild First Nation Fire Hall was designed to meet the requirements of the project within the available budget, and as defined by INAC. During the tender process, the bids received were higher than the pretender cost estimate. SAHURI worked with the Sunchild First Nation and INAC to reduce some of the costs without changing the fundamental design intent, allowing the project to proceed within the original timeframe.
Construction of the fire hall commenced September 1, 2017 and was completed on schedule, March 31, 2018.
The Community Centre plans are currently developed to the 90% stage and will be built at a future date, pending funding.