On Friday, June 10th, three members of the design team for the new Radville Marian Health Centre; Grey Woitas (project manager), Layn Artuhur (project designer) and Sandra Ens (interior designer), were at Innovation Place to share with the community the design for the new facility.
A fourth member of the team, Derrick Lamb (senior designer), was unable to attend. Nearly forty people from the community were in attendance with a wide variety of questions for the presenters
The clinic area will be larger than what is currently available and will be separate from the rest of the facility. It will have its own entrance and a larger parking area for patients.
The long term care facility will have many amenities that are not currently offered.
The activities area will be larger with a vaulted ceiling and more adaptable space.
This will make it useful for a wider variety of activities. Also included in the design is a central kitchen for the two houses, a main dining room and a spiritual center for residents and their families, a visitor parking area and a secured walking loop.
The exterior space is being planned with resident welfare in mind. Many of the planters will be handicap accessible and paved paths will make it easier for residents to enjoy the outdoors.
“We have tried to add that residential feel” interior designer Sandra Enns said. The interior of the new facility is designed with the look of wood but made of durable vinyl.
Outside of each room will be a memory box for the resident to place a few personal items in. It will help to personalize the space and make it feel more like a home.
Each of the 25 resident rooms will be approximately 200 square feet plus a bathroom.
Each room will contain a built in desk and wardrobe with room for a chair if the resident wishes.
At the end of the two houses will be two sets of rooms with adjoining doors for couples.
Each room will have separate heat control in the long term facility.
The project is currently budgeted at $22.1 million. The Doctors’ clinic and furnishings will be paid for solely by the community.
Tender for the project will be put out in late August and construction will begin in mid-October at the earliest. Construction is expected to take 16 to 18 months.