Calgary Urban Projects Society (CUPS)
CUPS is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families overcome poverty. The Health & Education Centre in downtown Calgary provides programs that address the root causes of poverty to achieve lasting solutions and stability for low-income Calgarians.
The new facility provides flexibility for evolving programs related to healthcare, education, and housing. The Centre's recent relocation has provided an expanded and re-envisioned facility for their extensive social services that cater to about 7,000 people each year.
With thoughtful consideration of user-group input, SAHURI designed the rehabilitation of a two-storey 34,445 sf. warehouse, originally constructed in 1951. Ongoing community consultation and sustainable design principles were foundational to the success of this $1.5 million project. The building envelope was upgraded to provide quality thermal protection and the exterior walls were redesigned to accommodate operable perimeter windows and abundant natural light to the main and second-floor open-space interior, as well as to the basement.
Accessible space was included for a medical clinic, counselling areas, and child care – all providing privacy and security. With this new facility, CUPS now continues to focus on low-income community needs and is a welcome emblem of hope in the urban fabric of Calgary.
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