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  • Inner City Youth Alive. Looking down from balancy into snack bar.
  • Inner City Youth Alive. Snack bar, foosball table, pool table, and gymnasium with climbing wall.
  • Inner City Youth Alive. Snack bar, foosball table and windows to gymnasium.
  • Inner City Youth Alive. Close up of snack bar.
  • Inner City Youth Alive. Snack bar booth style tables and windows into the gymnasium.
  • Inner City Youth Alive. Gymnasium and climbing wall.
  • Inner City Youth Alive. Second floor lounge and balcony overlooking gymnasium.
  • Inner City Youth Alive. Close up of railing for second floor balcony.

Inner City Youth Alive Master Plan and Campus

418 Aberdeen Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

When a fire destroyed its campus woodshop, ICYA, a faith-based, not-for-profit outreach organization determined the time was right to redevelop its campus to accommodate service expansion. ft3 first created a Master Plan to evaluate steps required to bring the building up to Code and accommodate seven different occupancy types: a school, drop-in centre, offices, storage garage and a mechanical garage with welding and woodshop facilities.

Following the Master Plan, the design project involved relocation of the drop-in centre to the former woodshop; creation of a gymnasium for basketball, rock climbing and ball hockey; a loft for small group counseling or meetings; a small classroom; and drop-in area with snack bar. Also included were accessible washrooms, a climbing wall, exterior ramp and entrance, new roof, foundation improvements and insulation of the building envelope.

The total building space is 1,750 m² (18,840 sq.ft.). The building area is approximately 784 m² (8,440 sq. ft.) and the drop-in centre is 300 m² (3,225 sq.ft.). Total value of the project is approximately $800,000.