The Leonard Putulik Cultural Centre, located in Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut, is the first of six buildings constructed to create a cultural center in every Kivalliq community. These cultural centres aim to develop programs and services to educate the community on culture, heritage, business, employment training and tourism. The facility features the visitors centre and two offices in addition to dedicated space for retail, arts and crafts, conference space and a kitchen for community use.
The construction of this facility serves as a prototypical building, with the design and infrastructure able to be repeated in five additional communities. Williams Engineering (WE) provided mechanical and electrical consulting engineering services for this project. WE’s mechanical scope included the designs for tanked water and sewage, plumbing, heating, ventilation and fire protection systems along with the associated mechanical equipment controls. WE’s electrical scope included the building’s main power service, distribution, emergency and security systems, communication systems and auxiliary power.
The grand opening of the Leonard Putulik Cultural Centre commenced on July 21st of, 2021, with an outstanding amount of community participation and support. This facility enables youth to connect with their community’s culture, heritage and Elders.