On Wednesday morning, a press conference was held to publicly announce the Bridgwater Personal Care Home Facility. The new facility, to be located in the new Bridgwater neighbourhood, will be operated by Winnipeg Mennonite Senior's Care Inc., and funded through the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Manitoba Health. While the project has been in the works for many years, this announcement allowed the public to see the design behind this 120-bed Personal Care Home Facility.
In early 2014, MMP was awarded the proposal for a new Personal Care Home Facility to be located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The design and operational intent of the project is to provide a new means of “home” care for residents. In designing a new personal care home model, MMP engaged The Center for Health Design in the United States. Their knowledge base and depth of research in innovative means of environmental design solutions are continuously improving the well being of both its residents and staff. With many successful facilities registered under “the Pebble Project,” Bridgwater Personal Care Home aims to provide this new ‘culture’ of health care with their help.
Currently, Bridgwater is in Working Drawings phase, with an anticipated construction start of Summer 2016. The home will be just over 113,000 square feet with six separate houses, split between two floors. Each home provides a full kitchen with dining and living spaces with in-house residential washer and dryers. Residential suites will include a bay window with built in millwork and roll in shower washrooms. Common areas and offices are treated with the appearance of a town centre where residents will exit their home environments and enter into the community supported environment.
The Bridgwater model will be the first of its kind in Winnipeg. The project is being built to LEED standards, and is intended to achieve LEED Silver status.
Bridgwater Personal Care Home Team
Project Architect: Robert Wrublowsky
Lead Designer: Aleksandra Chomik
Architectural Intern: Aaron Simoes
Interior Designer: Kristin Reischek
Senior Technician: Mike Hamson
Please see the gallery above for a few photos from the press conference, and a rendering of the exterior of the building.