The team set out to create a radical new environment for improving healthcare outcomes in Alberta. The Edmonton Clinic Health Academy brings together spaces for research, teaching and patient care in a building that spans a city block in the heart of the University of Alberta’s urban campus.
The first three levels, which begin below grade, contain student-focused spaces like classrooms, seminar rooms and lecture halls. The Health Sciences Education and Research Commons on the second floor has simulated clinic exam rooms and labs. Faculty and staff spaces are on the top three floors; a large Discovery Mall provides space where teams can configure their own lab environments.
The design creates an interactive learning environment in a building that runs the length of two football fields. Color-coded floors help users navigate the space. A north-south “main street” filled with natural light connects to walkways, plazas, cascading stairs and elevator banks. Light wells and generous glazing in classrooms ensure that even below-grade levels are flooded with light.
In response to Edmonton’s harsh climate, the team designed a building envelope with high-performance glass, diffusing films, brise soleils and reflectors. A green roof and native vegetation reduce stormwater runoff and minimize irrigation needs.
HOK designed this building in association with Stantec Architecture.