HSC Winnipeg Women’s Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba (in association with Parkin Architects)
The HSC Winnipeg Women’s Hospital is designed with the well being of patients, families and staff in mind. From the single-patient rooms with large windows, to the layout of medical units, the new hospital is intended to be people friendly. The design is rooted in the philosophy of patient and family-centered care, concepts developed through intensive integrated design charrettes with public, community residents and staff groups. The integrated team focused on the building being environmentally sustainable, and accommodating of the many different cultures of Manitoba and downtown Winnipeg.
Covered Ambulance bays, Triage, Ambulatory Care, Fetal Assessment and retail services are on the first level. The second through fourth floors house the NICU unit, 16-bed Labour and Delivery Unit, three operating rooms for caesarian sections, a surgical centre with four operating rooms for gynecological related surgeries, and a 54-bed Post-partum Unit. It features spiritual space and ceremonial space for smudging and other cultural practices. Level Four opens up to a rooftop deck. Parking for 150 vehicles is provided on the lower level.
The design intent is to simplify the number of different materials used in the building, and use products that relate to the existing scale, texture, and character of the neighborhood. With this in mind, the building utilizes high performance unitized fritted glass curtain-wall and shingled zinc cladding.