MEDICINE HAT, ALTA. — Expansion of the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital marked a milestone as the new building opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 25.
The 245,000-square-foot Ambulatory Care Building was designed by Gibbs Gage Architects and Diamond Schmitt Architects in a joint venture. Labour and delivery suites, surgical facilities and ambulatory care clinics have been expanded and consolidated, explains a release.
The construction manager for the project is Stuart Olson Dominion Construction, with civil engineering by MPE Engineering Ltd., electrical by SMP Engineering, mechanical by Weibe Forest Engineering and structural by Read Jones Christoffersen.
Dedicated corridors for patient transfer from the existing hospital wing line the atrium on the upper floors to maternal labour and delivery and ambulatory surgery on the third floor and surgical pre-operative and operating suites on the fourth floor. A helipad has also been placed on the building’s rooftop for patient transfers to emergency services.
“A human centric approach has informed all aspects of our clinical planning to ensure the safe, efficient delivery of clinical services within a soothing, de-stressed environment. The commitment to patient care is expressed architecturally throughout, from the welcoming and sheltered wood-lined entry, comfortable waiting areas, and private, light-filled treatment rooms that offer views of the vast prairie sky,” Diamond Schmitt principal Greg Colucci said in a statement.
The building exterior uses distinct forms in different kinds of material to integrate with both the existing hospital wing and surrounding low-rise buildings.
“The addition reads as a composition of elements and openings which don’t necessarily relate to clinical program areas within. Rather, they are shaped and arranged to reduce the scale of this large addition to the scale of buildings in the vicinity,” Colucci added.
Renovations continue within the existing inpatient tower on a phased schedule. The emergency department will expand to approximately 22,000 square feet and will include expanded diagnostic imagining services.
The expansion is targeting LEED certification and is planned for further service capacity increases over the next 20 to 25 years, the release continues.