High River Community Resource Centre

Location: High River, AB

This Design-Build project was completed in two phases.

Phase 1 comprised a new LEED Gold, mixed-use office building in downtown High River. The new building replaces the previous Provincial Building and the Foothills School Division Building, both of which were badly damaged in the 2013 flood. The new building is three-storeys tall, sitting atop an open-air parking structure, which serves to bring the building’s main floor five metres above the flood level.

In addition to the Foothills School Division, the new building includes space for Agriculture and Forestry, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, Children Services, Transportation and Vehicle Enforcement, Community Corrections, Government of Alberta support services, and associated community amenities.

Phase 2 comprised the demolition of the existing Foothills School Division office, located kitty-corner to the new facility, and the installation of surface parking in its place.

After project award, Graham organized several preliminary planning sessions reminiscent of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) methodology. These sessions brought the entire team together to verify that the design was in line with budget requirements and met the multi-disciplinary requirements of its users, including Alberta Infrastructure, the Town of High River, and the Foothills School Division.

Contract Value

$17M CAD

Prime Consultant

Gibbs Gage Architects

Project Owner

Alberta Infrastructure

Contract Format


Completion Date

July 2017

Contract Duration

26 months (including pre-construction)