Salt River First Nation Community Facility

Fort Smith, NWT

Inspired by the unique Oxbow river form, found on the original lands of the Salt River First Nation, this diverse facility combines old-world heritage themes with modern design. Western Archrib's structural wood products feature prominently, which include WESTDEK GLT, Glulam columns, and Glulam beams.

Salt River First Nation required a new multipurpose facility to serve the needs of the band and administration. The new building is home to administration offices, a courthouse, community hall, cultural space, commercial kitchen and leasable space. Manasc Issac's design was inspired by the Oxbow river form, found on the original lands of the Salt River First Nation.  

Western Archrib's structural wood products feature prominently in the design, which include WESTDEK GLT, Glulam columns, and Glulam beams. The building has become a community hub, reflecting the pride and traditional value of the Salt River First Nation. By including wood, the total potential carbon benefit of this facility is 662 metric tons of CO₂, which equates to taking 140 cars off the road each year.

Architect: Manasc Isaac

Engineer: Fast + Epp

Contractor: Clark Builders

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