Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

Location:

Cornwall Island, Ontario and St. Regis and Snye, Quebec

Size:

27 buildings totalling over 100,000 sq.ft.

The Challenge:

To work closely with stakeholders and urban planning professionals to supply strategic accommodation planning services that will address the long-term needs of a continually expanding list of governmental and municipal facilities.

The Solution:

Meredith Thatcher and her team have worked closely with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) since 1997 to develop a strategic facility plan for the government and municipal facilities of this trans-border First Nation.

In 1997, a functional space requirements needs analysis and space needs optimization study were developed to optimize the administrative offices in the community. This involved working with an urban planner to draft a long-term community plan.

In 2001, Meredith and her team were asked to update the administrative requirements, which included the following additional facilities:

  • Mohawk Board of Education
  • Emergency Services (Police, Environment, Emergency Planning)
  • Health and Social Services for the entire community

In 2004, the detailed functional space requirements for the Mohawk Departments of Health Services and Community and Social Services began to be developed, which included an analysis of the space implications of changing to a “case management” approach to service delivery.

In 2005, the functional requirements for all health facilities were prepared.

In 2008, the functional requirements for all health facilities were updated to adjust for changes in the organization. Blocking drawings and cost estimates were presented to illustrate the benefits and costs of the proposed improvements.

In 2010, the focus turned to updating and renewing the accommodation strategy for the MCA buildings in the community of St. Regis. The requirements documents produced helped the MCA to secure necessary infrastructure funding to proceed with the community plan and implementation strategy that Meredith and her team developed in conjunction with the client.