Whose building is it anyways?
Schools and hospitals are very different facilities, and they’re designed to different codes, set by different ministries. So, when a building contains both, whose rules should it play by?
“The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education don’t usually have to coordinate anything or talk to each other – even the way they fund projects is different. But here, everything is attached and sitting on top of each other,” says project coordinator Sarah Prodor, architect, nurse and healthcare practice lead at Architecture49.
One of the biggest challenges was how resilient the building needed to be: the Office of the Fire Marshall considers a school to be in the “high” importance category, whereas a hospital is a “post-disaster” facility and must be designed to much tougher standards.
Resolving all of these questions has involved an unprecedented level of collaboration between WSP, Architecture49 and design partners HDR, Dillon Consulting and BMR, as well as all of the relevant governing bodies too.
“It’s very much an integrated project, not only from the architecture and engineering standpoint, but from the government and community standpoint too,” says Prodor. “Nobody’s done a building like this before, so we’re all learning. Our team is in constant communication.”