As the design of the new healthcare campus has evolved, some square footage has been added. Discussions with WMC staff has brought to light certain work-flow needs that needed to be considered, and Wold A&E has been working tirelessly to address any concerns in departmental design.
The most obvious area of addition, when looking at the floorplan, is the hallway connecting the Long Term Care wing with our mechanical area. This corridor will now house dietary and linen services, along with providing a straight shot from those areas to the shipping dock.
The byproduct of that addition is an open-air space, not quite the size of a basketball court, smack-dab in the center of the hospital area. This courtyard will serve many purposes, and is a design addition that provides much needed access to fresh air and natural light for the new complex.
Early conceptual designs had the hospital wing of the new campus looking less doughnut-like (bottom image) and more horseshoe-ish (top image). An open area was always in the plans, but as the new corridor was added, Wold insisted on leaving the open space for specific design purposes.
For one, the east-facing resident rooms in the LTC will be assured natural light from the courtyard. Secondly, the new dining room is set to have courtyard access, providing residents and guests a chance to eat outside if the weather permits, or to access the area for a walk and some fresh air. Also, the east entrance to the courtyard is for Physical Therapy access. PT patients have the option to take their walks outside in fair weather, rather than taking laps up and down the halls.
At the end of the day, it’s important to have green space. Wold knows the importance of providing the comforts of home. For our LTC residents, this is home. With little more than landscaping needed, the courtyard will by far produce the most bang for SEARHC’s buck, as far as the facility is concerned. Residents, patients, visitors and staff, will be guaranteed a safe space to get outside.
For more information, you can access the entire Sept. 17 design update here.