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DIALOG are the Planning, Design and Compliance Architects for Whistle Bend Continuing Care responsible for the Statement of Requirements (SOR) and the Indicative Design
HDR/CEI Architecture, in partnership with DCA Architects, are the architects to the Design and Build consortium responsible for the design as constructed and are the Architects of Record
Renderings courtesy of the Government of Yukon
The Whistle Bend Continuing Care Centre is a 300-bed acute care facility, situated along the Yukon River in the north end of Whitehorse, Yukon. This project is phase I and consists of a new 150-bed facility, including a palliative care ward, mental health ward, and a full kitchen and laundry facilities to support the ultimate build-out. The facility will include a new data centre and mechanical/electrical rooms to support the building.
Smith + Andersen was the electrical design engineer responsible for the electrical systems design as part of the Design-Build Team and worked in close cooperation with the electrical and general contractor to optimize the design. Due to the nature of the healthcare facility, the electrical systems have been designed with redundancy. Systems include dual incoming feeders, 600 voltage synchronized generators setup to parallel with utility source (complete with load bank), redundant N+1 UPS system configuration, and a 2-stage fire alarm system. LED lighting has been utilized throughout the facility.
Smith + Andersen designed the infrastructure supporting the following systems on a common network with multiple virtual local area networks (VLAN) to maximize the systems integration and implementation schedules: nurse call, security, metering, monitoring, building control, real-time locating system (RTLS), wired and wireless data and voice systems.
The facility is also equipped with room-level detection for wireless panic duress. The enhanced coordination between all systems allows interoperability to support the facility's operational work flows throughout the building. The facility is designed with diverse and redundant fiber optic telecommunication services as well as a wireless (microwave) telecommunication service to ensure the facility's connectivity to the outside world under extreme conditions. The data centre in the facility is part of an overall Yukon Government data centre strategy. The design is based on uptime best practices with redundant server, power and cooling services. All systems including communications were modelled in Revit (BIM).
The electronic safety and security systems are designed to support the long-term care environment in the facility and the special services the facility offers to non-residents. With many physicians, employees, residents and visitors entering each day, the elevated threat risks increased the demands for access control and security systems.
Staff and residents need to work and interact in a secure environment that promotes tranquility and aids in recovery. To meet these requirements, the facility is equipped with a unified security system, resident wandering, and panic duress alarm systems. The security systems are fully integrated with building systems (e.g., elevator controls), clinical use systems (such as nurse call), and network systems that include unified communications to help improve operational efficiency and reduce risk.