May 14, 2019

New Saskatchewan North Battleford Hospital complete

The new $405m Saskatchewan North Battleford hospital provides a 284-bed mental health facility with 188 beds replacing the existing 156-bed facility, and a 96-room secure unit for male and female offenders living with mental illness. The completed project was delivered under a P3 contract by Access Prairies Partnership, a consortium led by Graham Construction. Medical Architecture led the clinical design with executive design team Kasian and Integrus Architecture & WSP.

Set on a ridge overlooking the beautiful North Saskatchewan River valley, all patients have their own bedrooms and share the naturally-lit common and public spaces. The design provides a modern recovery-focused mental health setting. A large welcoming foyer with expansive views of the landscape beyond leads to the central therapy mall, which includes a gymnasium and a gift shop with art and furniture created by patients. A salon and apparel shop run by patients also contributes to this sense of wellbeing, helping to de-stigmatise how the patients are perceived. Each inpatient unit is planned with individual bedrooms and a spacious shared living area offering direct level access to safe outside gardens.

Linda Shynkaruk, director of Saskatchewan Hospital, said: “We are absolutely ecstatic with the results from this facility. We’re going to be able to provide a second-to-none service for our patients. The patients are excited about coming in here as well as the staff.” Province Premier Scott Moe described it as “one of the most advanced mental health treatment centres in all of Canada.”

Medical Architecture director Christopher Shaw added: “It’s gratifying to see a transformational design which enables a step-change in mental health and addictions care being delivered at scale in this project.”

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