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Stantec’s state-of-the-art Birthing and Newborn Centre breaks ground

November 7, 2006
by Canadian Architect

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in late October for the Regional Birthing and Newborn Centre, a state-of-the-art facility at Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital in Scarborough, Ontario. The centre, expected to open to mothers, babies and families in 2008, will be the most advanced birthing facility in Scarborough and the only advanced Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the eastern Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Stantec Architecture provided architectural services for the new addition, a 38,000-square-foot pavilion configuration linked to the main hospital. The Birthing and Newborn Centre is designed to better reflect modern practices related to the birthing experience by respecting a mother’s choices allowing her and her family to remain in one private room for labour, delivery, recovery and post-partum care. The facility co-locates both the Maternal Newborn and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit adjacent to one another, providing an integrated, family-centered birthing experience.

Features include:
16 labour delivery, recovery and post-partum (LDRP) rooms have a welcoming, familiar feeling accomplished through the use of warm colours, variable lighting, comfortable furniture, wood finishes and abundant natural light. Medical gases and services for mother and infant are concealed behind sliding wood panels until they are required, supporting the requirement for a more domestic experience.
21 additional post-partum beds, located in comfortable homelike settings where mothers and babies will be cared for by the same health care team.
2 operating rooms, with adjacent recovery areas.
An Advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) built adjacent to the birthing rooms comprised of four pods with varying levels of critical care and isolation accommodations.
Four, private care-by-parent rooms, a family lounge and two overnight hostel rooms for parents who are awaiting discharge of their infants are also provided.

The building design complements the existing structure of the Rouge Valley Centenary and specifically the 1967 building. Like the original hospital building, the Birthing Centre addition is comprised of a limited palette of materials; light coloured masonry, metal cladding and glazing to maximize views to the neighbouring natural ravine.

The addition provides a clear and direct path for patients from the main hospital lobby area. The path is configured around an exterior courtyard formed by the new addition, providing full height glazing to the landscaping beyond.

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