Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Project Area: 89,980 SF
Year Completed: 2010
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Project Area: 89,980 SF Year Completed: 2010
In response to the evolving Canadian healthcare system, as well as Capital Health’s need to enhance and supplement their existing facilities, the goal of the new Orthopedic Surgery Centre was design a modern surgery suite with support spaces for a variety of procedures—including elective procedures, which were new to the Canadian health system at the time of the project.
Due to site restrictions and programmatic necessity, functions are separated and stacked by floor. Surgery and patient recovery spaces occupy the central floors, while mechanical functions dominate the fifth level. High-traffic areas and administrative functions are kept on the ground level to avoid interference with surgery and recovery. Sustainability and the creation of a healing environment influenced the design throughout. Passive solar, common-sense shielding from harsher climatic elements, natural materials, warm color palettes, locally extracted materials, and views to the exterior created an atmosphere that is calming and functional for patients and staff.