Medicine Hat Regional Hospital
Serving 250,000 people in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, the new expansion to Medicine Hat Regional Hospital expands secondary and tertiary care services while anticipating future population growth. Moreover, the expansion allows Alberta Health Services to replace dated facilities with efficient operational systems and improved patient services – critical elements of a larger scale strategic plan to enhance healthcare delivery across the region.
The project breaks down service areas into program sensitive building blocks which seamlessly merge the scale of the hospital with its surrounding environment. These blocks, composed primarily of clay brick to reflect the brick manufacturing history of the region, host deep reveals to accentuate each block’s individual character within the overall built composition. Curtain wall glazing with ceramic frit provide high performance weather protection, temperature and humidity control, shading to minimize heat gain, and interior privacy while compositionally evoking the broad prairie landscape.
The architecture is defined by a human-centric approach which is both compassionate and therapeutic for support, healing, and recovery. The expansion is designed to de-mystify the existing institution by introducing high levels of transparency and spatial openness between exterior and interior spaces while maintaining patient and staff privacy. A 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 which offer unparalleled views of the brilliant prairie sky.
|Location||Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada|
|Client||Government of Alberta / Alberta Infrastructure|
|Sustainability||LEED Certified NC|
|In Joint Venture with||Gibbs Gage Architects|
|Photography||Ed White and Tom Arban|
|Team||See full project team|