The Canadian National Insitute for the Blind is celebrating their 100th anniversary with a new vision for their future operations.
At the Ramada in downtown Regina on Monday, the organization announced a new structure to be built in Wascana Park. Ground on this new structure is expected to be broken this spring.
Executive Director Christall Beaudry was very welcoming of the announcement.
“Today is an exciting announcement for CNIB. It’s our 100th anniversary and we’re pleased we’ve received approval from the Provincial Capital Commission to have a rebuild on this site with our partner, Brandt Developments.”
President of the Brandt Group of Companies Shaun Semple said the current facility will be significantly better than the current one on Broad Street.
“If you’ve been through the existing building, you wouldn’t put anyone in that building,” said Semple. “They’ve had all kinds of problems this winter, bursting pipes and so on.”
“But the new building will be a nice, bright, very accessible building from the park as well.”
Semple also added this project will be one of the more innovative ones.
“We’ll be using LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) type quality materials, which is an environmentally sensitive process that we use to make sure the building is energy efficient,” said Semple. “It’ll be modern in architecture, so it’ll fit within the envelope that’s within the park.”
“It’ll be something that’ll really be a jewel for Regina.”