Tors Pond, YMCA Newfoundland and Labrador

Conceptual Framework | Master Plan

Client: YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador

Need: Develop a concept for infrastructure installation and program elements to inform the master planning process and architectural direction of a year-round, youth camp and outdoor and environmental education centre.The Centre, with a planned bed occupancy of 175 persons, is to be located on their 40-acre undeveloped woodlot, lakefront property. The client is looking for a concept that would be unique in the national market and offer an innovate service model for diverse clients within their province.

KDP Service: A comprehensive conceptual infrastructure design proposal presented space elements, relationship models, comparable industry design references, and how proposed concepts support learning and client development outcomes. Concept framework recommendations focus on unique, fully-integrated installations for a lodge/dining hall, learning commons, camper/employee residences, health/wellness centre, administrative space, adventure course, out-trip centre, physical plant building and waterfront facilities.

The proposed centre design concept supports a forward-thinking program and school curriculum model (aligned with provincial education pedagogy and priorities), outdoor education industry best practices and innovative approaches to integrating diverse user groups within the full service delivery. The centre’s installations support extended, regional expedition travel, outdoor practitioner development, and tour operator business incubation for the province’s burgeoning adventure tourism industry. 

The Conceptual Framework aligned with the Business and Financial Model.

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