Excellence in Adaptive Reuse

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Excellence in Adaptive Reuse

The Affinity Campus in Saskatoon today represents new purpose for the former Wilson Elementary School. The project was an excellent example of adapting an historic landmark to reuse while contributing to ongoing viability and liveability of the older City Park neighbourhood of Saskatoon. The project was honoured with presentation of a Heritage Architecture Excellence Award in 2014 in the category of adaptive reuse.
The original school building was constructed in 1928 of reinforced concrete with wine coloured brick and Tyndall stone facade. The Architectural Heritage Society’s independent adjudication committee for the Awards agreed that enough of the original building was retained. The addition included a glass outer shell wall on the north entrance which enclosed the original exterior of the school. Although of contrasting style, the new construction honours the former building. Original brick and stone material was salvaged and used in construction.

The Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan Heritage Architecture Excellence Awards have been bestowed annually for the past 20 years. Over 150 awards have been presented to owners and community groups, architects and designers, as well as constructors and crafts-persons. The program is convened and adjudicated by the Architectural Heritage Society of Saskatchewan.

The 2016 Awards will be presented by our Patron, her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, at Government House in Regina on May 31st at 5:00pm. The Society appreciates involvement of our partners in producing the Awards ceremony this year including Heritage Saskatchewan, SaskCulture, the Saskatchewan Association of Architects.

Affinity Campus
Owners: Affinity Holding Inc. and Presidio Holding Inc.
Contractor: Karl Miller of Meridian Development Group
Architect: Derek Kindrachuk of Kindrachuk Agrey Architects
Craftspersons: City Masonry Ltd. and Meridian Development Corporation
Original award citation prepared by Michel Fortier of Saskatoon