Solutions at Work: Specialized Services for Children & Youth

Located in the historic Christie Biscuit Building, the two-story 98,000 sq. ft. facility brings together The Rehabilitation Centre for Children (RCC) as well as a variety of co-locating partners providing specialized healthcare services for children from infancy to age 20. The project included a new Diagnostic Imaging unit, an Audiology and Speech & Language center, a 5,800 sq. ft. childcare center specifically designed for children with special needs, as well as home to more than 200 staff and service providers and their clients.

With the needs of the children and the families they serve at the forefront of the design decisions for the Specialized Services for Children & Youth Centre (SSCY), the team at Stantec Architecture and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) Capital Planning chose a variety of Tarkett products to meet the unique needs for the facility.

The facility has a youthful, fun, inviting and occasionally whimsical design approach, which is visually appealing but also safe for children and specifically designed for children with special needs. The design concept centered on the concept of community and neighborhoods. The retrofitted building includes an upgrade of the existing architectural saw-tooth skylights and offers an entry into a double volume interior courtyard flooded with light, providing a natural and healing environment. Interactive projectors and games offer children an opportunity to move and interact with their environment.

All products specified needed to withstand high volume and traffic demands of wheelchairs and mobility devices. Products used in the project include: Tarkett iQ™ Optima, Tarkett iQ™ Megalit, Tarkett iQ™ Natural, Tarkett Melodia™ 2.0, Tarkett’s Johnsonite Olio Rubber Tile, Tarkett’s Johnsonite Acczent® Wood Acoustiflor®, Tarkett’s Johnsonite Rubber Tile, Tarkett’s Johnsonite Training Sports Floor, Tarkett’s Johnsonite Microtone Rubber Stair Treads and Tarkett’s Harmonium xf2.

The basis of designing the space revolved around Tarkett products for a variety of reasons, explained Leslie Badger, project coordinator, WRHA Capital Planning “The variety of textures in the products, the large color range and the ability to custom color, along with the no wax feature of the floors were all desirable design features,” she said. The slip-resistant and acoustic properties of all the floors specified were at the top of the list for WRHA Capital Planning.

Throughout the space, Tarkett products are featured in each of the neighborhoods and specific colors are used to identify the neighborhoods. “This design feature became a subtle wayfinding scheme,” Badger explained. “Main traffic corridors were treated like sidewalks in a grey scheme and intersections were treated in an alternate pattern to also assist in wayfinding.”

Tarkett’s ReStart Reclamation and Recycling program was also utilized during the installation phase with more than 5,000 sq. ft. of unused flooring going back to Tarkett facilities to be recycled into new product.

Project Facts:z
Country: Canada
City: Winnipeg, Mb.
Type of Project: Healthcare Clinic
Installation Period: 2015-2016
Specifier: Stantec Architecture Ltd.
Designer: Kim McCance
Owner: Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Leslie Badger, Project Coordinator
Distributor: EG Penner/Erv Parent
Architect: David Essex, Stantec Architecture Ltd.
Flooring Installer: Advanced Finishing Systems
General Contractor: Fresh Projects
Total flooring surface installed: Approx. 67,500 sq. ft.
Products Installed: Tarkett iQ™ Optima, Tarkett iQ™ Megalit, Tarkett iQ™ Natural, Tarkett Melodia™ 2.0, Tarkett’s Johnsonite Olio Rubber Tile, Tarkett’s Johnsonite Acczent® Wood Acoustiflor®, Tarkett’s Johnsonite Rubber Tile, Tarkett’s Johnsonite Training Sports Floor, Tarkett’s Johnsonite Microtone Rubber Stair Treads, and Tarkett’s Harmonium xf2

Project Awards: City of Winnipeg Accessibility Awards (x2), Powersmart Designation, Environmental Accomplishment Certificate for Flooring Waste Reuse

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