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Interlake-Eastern RHA Earns Gold

Selkirk Regional Health Centre receives LEED® Gold certification

February 15, 2018 - The 2018 Winter Olympic Games may have just begun, but Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority has already struck gold for the region. Selkirk Regional Health Centre has received LEED® Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council.

There are a total of 32 hospitals and clinics in Canada that have achieved LEED® Gold certification and Selkirk Regional Health Centre is the first one in the Prairies.

“A LEED Gold designation represents a high achievement in uniting function, design, quality, safety, construction, sustainability and environmental performance,” Minister  of Health, Seniors and Active Living Kelvin Goertzen said. “All of these elements combine in the Selkirk Regional Health Centre to promote not just treatment but well-being and recovery.”

At 184,000 square feet, the health centre is a regional health care hub serving residents in the Interlake-Eastern Region and offering a birthing centre, dialysis, surgery, cancer care, MRI, CT scanner and other diagnostics and outpatient program. The centre’s opening in 2017 marked the culmination of a massive effort, years in the making.

“The regional health centre in Selkirk incorporates many sustainable design elements that enhance the facility as a healing environment for patients while reducing its environmental impact,” said Ron Van Denakker, chief executive officer of the IERHA. “We are delighted to receive this designation as it is a fitting acknowledgement to everyone who played a role in making this remarkable facility a reality for our region.”

The health centre features high-efficiency lighting and water fixtures, natural lighting throughout, enhanced indoor air quality systems and incorporation of recycled building materials.  A 550,000 square foot double decker geothermal field below the parking lots uses the Earth’s energy to drive 16 high-tech heat pumps which provide 100 per cent of the cooling and 60-70 per cent of the heating required by the hospital in any given year.

At almost 30 acres, the SRHC site is one of the largest new healthcare campuses in Manitoba. The property’s landscaping encourages interaction with the outdoors and features an outdoor terrace that can accommodate patient beds, two living roof areas, bridges stretching over water features, 12 smart car auto charging stations and a central, open air courtyard.

“LEED buildings cost less to operate, reduce energy and water bills by as much as 40 per cent, increase employee productivity and overall satisfaction and, in our case, contribute to patient wellbeing,” Van Denakker said. “The design and construction of our health centre was truly a community effort that involved many stakeholders. Our gold certification is something that we can all take pride in and benefit from.”

The Design and construction team on the project who were instrumental in ensuring achievement of LEED Gold included LM Architectural Group, HTFC Landscape Architects, WSP Canada Ltd., Stantec, SMS Engineering, MCW/AGE Consulting Ltd., and EllisDon.

LEED Certificate Presentation
Photo 1 (Caption):
  Crystal Bornais of the Canadian Green Building Council – Manitoba Chapter (far left) presents the official LEED Gold Certificate to (L to R) Jim Orlikow, Architect (LM Architectural Group), Ron Janzen, VP corporate services (Interlake-Eastern RHA) and Gary Dandeneau, regional director, capital planning and facility management (Interlake-Eastern RHA).

LEED Certification - Group Image
Photo 2 (Caption):
The principal partners involved in coordinating the Selkirk Regional Health Centre’s LEED Gold certification pose with the LEED Gold plaque. From L to R: Clayton Bond, P.Eng (WSP), Ron Janzen, VP corporate services (Interlake-Eastern RHA), Jim Orlikow (LM Architectural Group), Gary Dandeneau, regional director, capital planning and facility management (Interlake-Eastern RHA), Helmut Waedt (SMS Mechanical Engineering Ltd.), Andrew Brimble (Stantec Architechtural Group), Monica Giesbrecht (Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram Landscape Architects) and Andrew Szalai (Ellis Don Construction).

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