The Sunridge Family Medicine Teaching Centre project included base building renovations by the landlord which converted a former theatre multi-plex to space suitable for provision of state of the art medical teaching and primary care services. GGA were the Prime Consultant and provided full Architectural and Interior Design Services for this 18,000 sq. ft. primary care clinic and teaching facility for the University of Calgary Medical Clinics. GGA implemented an integrated design process involving the engineering team early in the process. The functional programming was led by the University of Calgary Facilities Team. GGA assisted in the verification of the program, cross-referenced space requirements with related projects such as the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre project and tested a variety of options to organize the program within the space available.
The unique program includes three clinical modules for the delivery of primary care services within a teaching facility. Each modules accommodates a suite of exam and consultation rooms arranged around a central team room where practitioners work in a collaborative manner to provide primary care services. The clinic also includes administrative support and shared meeting and teaching spaces. The design builds on what we have learned from evidence based design research including universal design principals, standardized room layouts and planned flexibility. The project encompassed a major renovation of existing space to create a new state of the art medical and teaching facility that incorporates sustainable solutions.
Unique opportunities included the conversion of a former multiplex theatre and infilling existing sloped floors to create suitable base building space for a medical facility. GGA also incorporated three skylights to bring natural light to a very large floor plate.