Following a holistic wellness model, the goal of the Ts'kw'aylaxw First Nation's Cultural and Community Health Centre is to not only provide primary care services, but also create gathering spaces for the entire community. Designed following Passive House principles, this 18,000 square foot, two-storey, wood-framed facility houses everything from medical and dental exam rooms, to a gymnasium, kitchens, and a weight room. The truly multi-purpose centre is home to sports tournaments, cultural festivities, weddings, and everything in between.
Smith + Andersen was engaged as the mechanical and electrical consultants for the project.
In keeping with Passive House principles, the centre's mechanical design included natural ventilation and highly-efficient energy recovery systems. Careful collaboration with the architecture team was necessary in order for the mechanical and electrical design to follow the minimalist philosophy of Passive House and also meet the short and long term needs of the Ts'kw'aylaxw First Nation.
Our team also collaborated with user groups each step of the way, as cost-efficient long term solutions were central to the mechanical design. The electrical design followed this same approach, incorporating energy-efficient LED lights throughout the centre.
All structural and exterior elements of the centre were pre-fabricated, shipped, and assembled on site (led by Mierau Contractors).