Located in Calgary, Canada, Alberta Health Services’ Peter Lougheed Centre was designed by HOK. The design assists with attracting / retaining staff and the reduction of patient recovery times by creating an environment that expresses a ‘home away from home’. Strong horizontal lines, expansive glazing and patterns – inspired by fields and crop arrangements – were used to echo the Calgary foothills and prairie landscape.
The project is a LEED® Certificate candidate and has many straightforward sustainable design features; natural rubber flooring, VOC free paint, paperless gypsum board, recycled content ceilings, PVC free guardrails, infection resistant fabrics, operable windows, and plenty of natural light in patient rooms. All planning was accomplished using evidence based design principles to limit travel distances, reduce square footage and limit the built form. Energy consumption was modeled extensively to design mechanical and electrical systems for long term energy savings vs. only looking at capital expenditure.