Construction of the new child-care centre at the Castlegar and District Community Complex (CDCC) officially broke ground on Tuesday, April 27.
The new facility will provide 30 new child-care spaces and 20 licensed pre-school and after school spaces.
The project is being delivered through a partnership with the Regional District of Central Kootenay’s (RDCK) Castlegar and District Recreation Commission (CDRC) and the non-profit Kootenay Family Place (KFP).
“The child-care centre will be a great addition to the Castlegar Recreation Facility and we thank the Ministry of Children and Family Development for recognizing the need by way of financial support of the project,” said Dan Rye, chair of the Castlegar and District Recreation Commission. “This facility will answer the need for quality child care in our area and most importantly support families with a safe place for their children to learn and grow.”
The province’s Childcare BC New Spaces Fund provided funding for the project.
The project was announced on March 13, 2020 and is expected to open in late September 2021. The centre will be situated across from the skateboard park, adjacent to the complex pool, facing south. Access to the tennis courts and pickle ball courts at the CDCC will not be impacted by the construction.
The CDCC will have access to the facility for programming and school break camps when not in use for child care.
A child-care project committee has been formed with representatives from the RDCK and KFP in order to ensure a cohesive and mutually beneficial facility.
Cover Architecture was awarded the contract for design services and Alfred Horie Construction Co. Ltd., was awarded the contract for construction services for the centre.
The design is a standalone building which incorporates an innovative cross laminated timber wood product in the exterior walls and roof, produced locally by Kalesnikoff Lumber.