Westlock Continuing Care Centre

Project Details


Completion Date: 2005
Project Type: New Construction
Gross Floor Area: 11,000sq.ft.
Construction Cost: $22.6 Million
Location: Westlock, Alberta

The existing facility was upgraded at the same time that construction for the addition was taking place. In total four main facilities are physically connected providing seniors with access to different levels of care in one location.

ACI designed the building to emulate a home environment to avoid the appearance of a sophisticated care institution. The exterior of the building was visually broken into smaller elements approaching a domestic residence scale with features reflecting typical detailing found on smaller homes. The interior elements were carefully selected to create comfortable surroundings for the residents. Individual components such as memory boxes at each suite entrance, simple floor patterning to avoid confusion and assist with wayfinding, wall handrails for support and guidance, are all features included in the design.

The project was completed within the budget with change orders representing 3% of the overall construction cost of which approximately 1% is attributable to changes in scope.

This 120 bed, two storey building is a significant addition to the existing Smithfield Lodge and Health Centre. Smithfield Lodge was the first expansion phase of the Health Centre followed by this building annex. When all phases of work were completed, an interconnected health and residence campus was created offering services to the Westlock Community. The range of services includes acute care in the core health facility, 24 hour emergency care, rehabilitation services, home care day support, continuing care, assisted living and seniors lodge.