Health Sciences E Wing
The Health Sciences E Wing is easily one of the most visible projects on campus. It sits prominently on the corner of Wiggins Avenue and College Drive.
What is also clear is the unique marriage of old and new architecture. E Wing features two distinct sections: a three-storey modern arm, and a four-storey collegiate gothic arm that more closely resembles the architecture common in the campus core. Blending the traditional architecture with the unique qualities of the adjacent buildings will create a landmark presence for Health Sciences and the campus as a whole.
E Wing will also provide vital teaching and program spaces for the health science colleges that are of critical importance in maintaining accreditation for the College of Medicine. These include the library and the Clinical Learning Resource Centre, which will include a skills lab, examination rooms, procedure lab, and simulation lab.
Natural lighting was a top priority. The long and narrow design of E Wing allows daylight into the central areas of the building. It has also been proposed that the perimeter offices have glazing walls along the fronts to provide lots of natural light into the interior spaces. Other sustainable design features include occupancy sensors to control room lighting and ventilation, as well as large windows in the library to take advantage of light and solar heat. The Health Sciences E Wing project will be targeting LEED gold rating.
The new E Wing will connect to the Dental Building through a modern atrium that is expected to be quite spectacular. The designers recognized that, particularly in a city such as Saskatoon where the weather keeps people inside for much of the year, large volumes of space with greenery lift the spirits of building occupants. They also serve as very functional spaces for public gatherings.
The Health Sciences Library is located on the south end of the multi-storey public atrium and will occupy two storeys. Designed with plenty of natural light, it will feature various private, open study, and interactive spaces; expanded learning commons; and compact storage systems for books and periodicals. A third floor above the library will be left largely undefined to allow for future expansion. Planning for the A/B Wing renovations will influence what the final fit up of this space will accommodate.
Two storeys in the collegiate gothic arm of the building will be occupied by academic research functions: over 150 offices, shared research spaces, and graduate student spaces. The remaining two storeys will accommodate both a 125-seat lecture theatre and a 500-seat lecture theatre (the largest on campus). Also in this arm will be the Clinical Learning Resource Centre, with 24 examination rooms, three eight-bed procedure labs, one four-bed simulation suite, and associated break-out rooms, that will provide opportunities for health sciences students to practice and enhance their patient-care skills. A pharmacy skills lab will be set up near the Clinical Learning Resource Centre.
Other occupants include the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, which will be relocated from the Royal University Hospital, and Saskatchewan Drug Information Services.
E Wing is essentially one year behind D Wing; substantial completion is scheduled for spring 2013 and occupancy by mid-August 2013.