WILLIAM WATSON LODGE

Kananaskis, AB.

2021

Overlooking Lower Kananaskis Lake in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, William Watson Lodge provides year round barrier free wilderness lodging.The lodge has two types of building profiles: 1) a main lodge and 2) cabins. It also has additional supportive infrastructure such as parking areas, pathwaysand decks. In our fndings the design of the main lodge and cabins did not fulfill staff and visitor’s expectations and needs. The absence of diverse interior spaces tailored to different users and experiences were missing. Both buildings presented challenges for continued function under the current conditions. The goal of this facility is to connect people of all abilities, all ages and all cultures to recreational opportunities in nature. It was William Watson’s vision to improve the social and environmental conditions for persons with disabilities, seniors and their families. MTA was then engaged to modify the existing Lodge and Cabins to meet current building code and standards for barrier free access and improve the building envelope performance that includes immediate surrounding infrastructure such as decks and pathways. The idea is to modernize and enhance the property, allowing buildings to be more user friendly, durable and low maintenance. The interiors are timeless, secure and comfortable. MTA believes that fundamental to the success of the William Watson Lodge is the development of a facility that is true representation of the values of Alberta Parks. The core three principles are: universal design, sustainability, and safety & security.
Role: Prime Consultant
Area: 14,000 sq.ft