“We asked what it would really take for the university, this province, to be out front … Edmonton Clinic Health Academy is our answer. It’s Alberta’s engine for health innovation, and we believe it has the capacity to transform the way we think about health care.”
The project brought 12 health science departments and schools from six faculties into a single environment.
One of the design challenges was to create an interactive learning environment in a building that runs the length of two football fields. The color-coded floors and clear organization help users navigate the space. A north-south building “main street” filled with natural light links to walkways, plazas, cascading stairs, elevator banks and exit stairs.
The lower three levels are student-focused. Light wells and generous glazing in classrooms ensure that even below-grade levels are flooded with light.
Edmonton’s harsh climate demanded a high-performance envelope and aggressive energy recovery systems. High-performance glass, diffusing films, brise soleils and reflectors help control the natural light. A green roof and the use of native vegetation reduce stormwater runoff and minimize irrigation needs.
HOK designed this building in association with Stantec Architecture.
LEED-NC Silver anticipated
578,000 sq. ft. / 53,700 sq. m.