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The Whistle Bend Continuing Care Facility is a new project in the Whistle Bend neighbourhood of Whitehorse, Yukon. The design-build project team consists of HDR | CEI, with Derek Crawford Architects as the designers, and PCL Constructors Westcoast as the builder. This project is the first phase of a two-phase initiative. Phase one includes 150 beds, with support space sufficient for a 300-bed facility. Phase two would involve an expansion of another 150 beds.
The design includes a central Village Centre, which serves as the main entry and a link between the phase one and future phase two facilities. The Village Centre includes shops, services, day programs, multi-use rooms, a kitchen, laundry, storage, and staff and administrative spaces; it connects to four residential “neighbourhoods,” each with their own front door that opens into family areas, activity spaces, and private resident rooms. The facility will also house specialized spaces, including a 12-bed palliative care unit and a 12-bed specialized mental health unit. The entire facility is designed to accommodate residents with dementia and support all levels of care.
The intent of the design was to create a comfortable, welcoming, and non-institutional environment that feels like home and helps residents ease the transition from independent living to “living with care.” Features include small residential units, for quieter and more home-like family environments, plus private bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and showers.
The building will be integrated into the community, exposing residents to a range of events and activities. Residents will have easy access to landscaped outdoor courtyards and gardens, and ample daylight and views.
The facility is designed to respect the existing built environment in Whitehorse, with elements such as bay windows, pitched roofs, and gabled ends. The exterior incorporates materials that reflect the local climate, providing durability and ease of maintenance.