The Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility in Maple Creek has entered the detailed design phase, with four days of discussions held so far with representatives from Stantec Architecture, and two days to finalize plans scheduled for Nov. 15 and 16.
In the detailed design phase, room by room layout and needs, equipment and furniture placement, electrical and mechanical implications, and potential interior/exterior design colors and finishes are evaluated.
The staff involved in the discussions viewed mock-ups of long term, acute, and universal care rooms that included the identified placement of all medical equipment and furnishings. All of these interior and exterior options were based on themes familiar to southwest Saskatchewan that will create an inviting atmosphere in the new facility.
“We can actually start to draw the vision and really talk about the model of care that we want to create,” said Beth Vachon, CEO, Cypress Health Region. “What I really like about the way that we are working on new projects is that we really clarify that vision with the staff and really get that in place before we actually start drawing the building. In the past we would draw the building and then figure out how we provide a model of care.”
Following the finalization of the detail design documentation, the plan will be forwarded to the Ministry of Health for review and approval. Once approval is received, the project will move to the construction drawing phase where the architects will begin to develop the blueprints for the actual construction.
“We will be looking at site remediation in the spring - leveling the land, getting our pilings in - and hopeful for some construction to start before fall. So, we’re still looking at Jan. 14 as our move-in date.”
The Cypress Health Region anticipates that a “Request For Proposals” could be released as early as February 2012 for the General Contractor services.