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Rotary/Flames House

The $9.8-million Rotary/Flames House in Calgary has the distinction of being the first children's hospice in Alberta. Designed by Graham Edmunds Cartier Architecture with construction by EllisDon, the hospice that will serve families from southern Alberta who are caring for a child with a progressive or life-threatening illness.

The 23,000 sq. ft three-level concrete and wood structure includes interior and exterior details and finishes that were carefully designed, detailed and made especially colourful to provide a calming and a psychologically uplifting experience for both the children and the families.

The building is filled with numerous games and activity rooms to keep the children occupied and happy.

There is also an exterior area where families can enjoy a barbecue. The exterior contains a mock lighthouse (playhouse) that is directly accessible for the children from the main and second level of the building.

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