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 care facility, which will be situated along the Yukon River in the north-end of Whitehorse. Smith + Andersen has been engaged on Phase 1 of this project, which consists of a new 150-bed building which will provide palliative care and mental health care. At full build-out, the project will also include full kitchen and laundry facilities. The variety of uses included in this phase necessitates a new data centre, as well as dedicated mechanical and electrical rooms to support uninterrupted operations.
As the electrical consultant on the design-build team, Smith + Andersen is working closely with the general and electrical contractors to optimize the design. As with any remotely-located healthcare facility, availability of electrical and mechanical services is a top priority and requires multiple levels of redundancy. The electrical systems have been designed with multiple levels of redundancy. Systems include redundant power delivery paths, redundant 600 voltage synchronized generators setup to parallel with utility source (complete with load bank and varying degrees of load shedding), N+1 UPS system configuration, and a two-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 enhanced coordination between all systems will allow the interoperability necessary 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 connectivity to the outside world (even under extreme conditions). The dedicated data centre is part of a government-led data centre strategy, with redundant server, power, and cooling services which meet the best practices of the Uptime Institute. 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. Improving staff workflow and response times in an emergency or panic situation is of central importance to the client. Our team has designed a fully-unified, Real Time Locating System (RTLS), which limits resident wandering, allowing for safe and secure containment as well as immediate responses to panic-distress alarm systems. Security will be fully-integrated with building systems (e.g., elevator controls), clinical use systems (such as nurse call), and network systems - providing unified communications which will help to increase operational efficiency and reduce risk.