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Grand Valley Institution for Women

Kitchener, Ontario

Providing a centre for the reintegration of federally-sentenced women into society, the Grand Valley Institution is a blend of private and common spaces with multi-level security throughout.

Crossey Engineering Ltd. provided the electrical and mechanical consulting services for the $9.4 million facility that opened in 1997. Holding up to 129 inmates, it is approximately 74,536 sq. ft. and arranged in clusters of houses with centrally located common areas. Individual electrical and mechanical systems were created for each building, designed to remain private and modest. Details such as proper ventilation and a sufficient combination of natural and artificial lighting were important factors in ensuring the healthy rehabilitation of the centre’s inmates.


  • Complete: 1996
  • Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
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