Nampa Civic Centre

Year: 2014
Location: Nampa, Alberta

This facility was designed as part of a larger complex to showcase the history and culture of the Village of Nampa. This small community in Northern Alberta had its origins as a farming community and came to be recognized for its large water tank and pump house. This original tank has been relocated behind the Civic Center.

The railway going through Nampa and serving the large grain terminal there was the inspiration for the form of this building. Aspects of the prairie rail station were incorporated into the design. Just as the railway was integral to the history of the area, this building houses a large museum dedicated to the local heritage and also serves as the home of the Village administration offices. The site also incorporates other important historical artefacts such as the original water tower, a restored settler house and a CN caboose.

This fully accessible public building is designed to attract visitors and locals alike. A large veranda wraps around the perimeter of the building providing a protected resting area and a large open display area welcomes people into the facility and is extended into the airy vaulted ceiling of the second level.

Natural wood columns and rustic finishes were incorporated to make the facility immediately fit into its rural landscape.

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