Designing new facilities using a charrette process

Designing new facilities using a charrette process

“This is going to be like a big adult Lego session,” promised architect Dave Cerny as he opened the first of four design charrettes that took place at HHS in June. A charrette is an intensive planning and design workshop; for the Our Healthy Future project, the charrettes were used to help develop design options for the four proposed facility redevelopments – McMaster Children’s Hospital and women’s health, Juravinski Hospital (including the re-location of St. Peter’s programs), Hamilton General Hospital and West Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

More than 100 HHS staff and medical staff, assisted by patient representatives, used table-top, 3D models to test and refine various design options, including the building’s overall size, shape and location on the site, and the important clinical adjacencies and relationships within. The acrylic models had moveable program “blocks” representing key programs at that site.

“It was an intense few hours at each of the four sessions,” says Kelly Campbell, Vice President Corporate Services and Capital Development . “Participants were very engaged, with lots of discussion and ideas coming forward.”

Each of the design options arising from the charrettes will be drawn by planning consultants in CAD (computer-assisted drawing), peer reviewed and then submitted for a cost estimate and business case analysis. All that information will be reviewed by leadership teams in fall 2017, and a preferred design option will be selected for each proposed redevelopment.

The charrettes were attended by site-based working groups established by each site lead, and included physicians, clinical and support services staff. Patient and family advisors also attended.