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Women's Correctional Centre

Women’s Correctional Centre was designed to meet rising demand for state-of-the-art institutional facilities to accommodate increased numbers of provincial and federal female offenders. The 193-bed, 120,000 sq. ft. facility in Headingly, MB is one of the most technically advanced institutions of its kind in North America, built to meet stringent safety and security standards while incorporating a wealth of innovative features to increase efficiency and environmental sustainability.

The planning process led to a design that provides Manitoba Justice with the most flexible use of space possible. To meet this fundamental need, Number TEN designed living units that can be easily converted from high security to low security. This flexibility within the space was crucial, since shifting legislation and demographics will inevitably affect the building throughout its lifespan.

The building includes extensive program space such as medical/clinical facilities, video court rooms, classrooms, computer training rooms, as well as an art room, library and hair centre for education and training of inmates. Functional program space was central to the design philosophy to provide offenders access to social and educational programs that give them an opportunity to turn their lives around. In addition, the facility contains a child-friendly visiting area and space for outside agencies to work directly with offenders prior to their release to facilitate a productive transition back into the community.

Location: Headingley, MB
Client: Manitoba Infrastructure & Transportation
Number TEN's Role: Prime Consultant
Size: 120,000 sq. ft.
Completion: 2011