Health Sciences - A Wing Renovations

With an eye on the power that interdisciplinary studies bring to health sciences, the University of Saskatchewan is well on its way to building an expanded, integrated, and multidisciplinary facility that will truly set us apart from other institutions of higher learning. The completed Health Sciences facility will also be a state-of-the-art facility that incorporates the latest technology and innovations while still respecting the proud traditions of our campus.

What we now refer to as “A Wing” is the original Health Sciences Building constructed in 1948. The building was expanded in the 1970s and 1980s with the addition of the B Wing and C Wing respectively. After the most recent additions (D Wing and E Wing) are complete, the final stages of the overall Health Sciences project will be to renovate the existing A and B Wings.

Respecting the university’s architectural heritage is an important factor in the planning and design of renovations to this early building. ADA Architecture is currently doing a heritage assessment as part of the schematic design report and will be treating A Wing as a heritage project.

The renovated A Wing will be predominantly administrative space. Space in B Wing will be used to more directly support programming. The deans of all the colleges in the Health Sciences complex, as well as their support staff, will be housed in A Wing. In addition, the administrative offices for the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Nutrition, and Physical Therapy will be located there.

Renovations will include an updated gross anatomy laboratory and morgue, and conversion of the existing Health Sciences Library and dean of medicine space to teaching spaces. The existing lecture theaters will be updated to reflect modern teaching styles and accommodate distance learning requirements.

As the final design takes shape, a better understanding of the integration of programs and facilities in the entire health sciences complex will emerge. Program space requirements identified in the A/B Wing planning and design process will influence the currently undesignated space on the third floor in E Wing.

When complete, the Health Sciences project will bring researchers, faculty, students, and staff from all disciplines of health science closer together than current facilities permit. This new physical proximity will be convenient and efficient, but more importantly, it will also create a multidisciplinary environment for health education and research. More fluid, responsive, and adaptable, this integrated approach will change the face of our health care.

Construction is expected to begin following completion of the B Wing Renovations.