|CLIENT:||Government of Northwest Territories|
|CONSULTANT:||Rockliff Pierzchjlo Architects & Planners Ltd.|
|Project SIZE:||6,875 sq. m.|
Faced with regional factors such as extreme cold, sparse population, unique scheduling, logistical challenges and a four month winter shutdown, Bird completed the design and construction of the new Hay River Health Centre, replacing the existing hospital that was built in 1965.
The facility has 16 inpatient hospital beds and serves a population of over 5,500 people from Hay River and surrounding remote communities. It focuses on providing medical services on an outpatient basis, reflecting the continental shift to ambulatory care. The new build provides primary care, acute and emergency care services and medical/surgical day care.
The new centre is a single-storey, pile-supported, steel frame structure with a prefinished metal panel system that includes a cement fibre panel to withstand the extreme weather. Based on its size and location, a single storey building was determined to be more efficient and cost effective. A stringent code-compliant air handling system, exceeding the CSA standards for airborne isolation, was a priority to allow the facility to meet infection control requirements.