About the Facility

The Child Advocacy Centre is located on the 4th floor of the Child Development Centre (CDC) on the beautiful campus of the University of Calgary.  It is situated across the street from the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Ronald MacDonald House.

The Centre occupies approximately 25,000 square feet on the top floor of the Child Development Centre, providing a warm and inviting environment with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains and the city of Calgary.

The CDC is a unique building, with a giant hand print of a child on the exterior of the building, hinting to the important work undertaken in the Centre.  All of the activities and tenants in the building share one common goal: to improve the quality of life for children and their families.

Once opened in late 2012, The Child Advocacy Centre is the newest tenant in the CDC, and will join Alberta Health’s Child Development Services, the Sinneave Foundation, Renfrew Educational Services, the Alberta Centre for Child Family and Community Research, and the University of Calgary Day Care.

The Child Advocacy Centre is easily accessible by vehicle or public transit at 3820 24 Avenue NW.

 “The goal of the Child Development Centre is to develop effective treatments and interventions to improve child health, which then become incorporated as standard practice in the health-care system,” said University of Calgary President Harvey Weingarten. “All of the activities in this facility will have one common goal—the improvement of the quality of life for children and their families.”

Researchers, clinicians and community practitioners working within the Child Development Centre will research and design intervention programs to illuminate or redress specific problems in the area of child health and development, such as addictions, promotion of wellness in children at risk and autism-related challenges. All of the projects and research housed at the CDC will be solution-oriented and the emphasis will be on treatment or interventions at a community or population level. The Calgary Health Region is a major tenant and partner in the facility.

The Child Development Centre currently houses the Calgary Health Region’s Child Development Services headed by Dr. Margaret Clarke and a team of over 100 professionals that help children all over Alberta, as well as the Alberta Centre for Child Family and Community Research and the Fraser Mustard Chair in Child Development. Both of these teams are interdisciplinary and have a broad mandate around knowledge translation and developing evidence-informed child development initiatives. The Child Development Centre will also partner with the Institute for Maternal Child Health, a group of researchers and practitioners exploring public and population health-related child health issues

Setting a Platinum Standard

The Child Development Centre opened on October 9, 2007. It was Alberta’s first building designed and constituted to LEED® Platinum standard, the North American benchmark for environmentally high-performance buildings.

The CDC had its official opening October 9. The LEED®  (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum program, widely recognized across North America, signifies the most advanced level of sustainable building construction, taking into account several categories, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy efficiency and atmosphere, materials and resource composition and indoor environmental quality.  Confirmation of a Platinum certification from the Canada Green Building Council is anticipated later this year.

 “The University of Calgary, with our partner, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning, has created a living laboratory for vital sustainability research. Our students and faculty members will benefit from the leading edge research and learning opportunities, as will our children, and their children,” said Weingarten.

The 125,000-square-foot building cost $37 million. Funding was provided from the Province of Alberta.

The Child Development Centre incorporates the latest in sustainable design and construction elements such as: the largest photovoltaic array in Western Canada—transforming enough sunlight into electricity to run six single family homes for a year; an 83 percent reduction in construction waste; under-floor ventilation systems; motion-activated energy efficient lights; use of “gray water” in toilets; and low-flow taps.