Strategically located across the Kelowna General Hospital; Collett Manor, a mixed-used development and residence building for the families and caregivers of patients at KGH, has helped put Kelowna B.C. on the map.
Initiated by Alana Marrington of 2169 Pandosy, and brought to life by GTA Architecture Ltd., this project aims to integrate hospitality into healthcare, filling a long-empty gap in the area’s medical landscape. It will also be Canada’s first WELL Certified project, through its pursuit in making health and well-being a priority.
A “multi-leveled integration of living,” composed of a 4-storey building that houses 41 residential units of various capacities, including short-stay, long-stay and permanent residences, as well as medical and office spaces offering support and treatment.
These spaces have been thoughtfully designed to encourage positive and healing energies. Having the goal of creating comfortable, healing spaces for patients and caregivers as they navigate the healthcare system, Alana Marrington describes the spaces as ones "that adapt to life, offering serenity, peace, respect and dignity”.
This project aligns with a philosophy being pioneered by Paul Scialla of Delos Living. Encompassing the WELL Certification - which is a third-party-certification process by Green Business Certification Inc. and in collaboration with the MayoCIinic - there are scientifically validated criteria which positively impact health, vitality and bring an overall sense of relaxation into a development. By integrating concepts such as air quality, water quality, nourishment, fitness, comfort, light, mind and innovation, a project can be deemed WELL certified.
These concepts have been embraced as part of the fundamental design guidelines and features of the project, making it Canada’s first WELL Certified development, including:
- Flexible wall systems by KI that allow for transformability within the spaces.
- Warm board radiant heating.
- Innovative Nano-Silver flooring material that deactivates bacteria and harmful substances.
- Nest Smoke and CO2 Detectors and Thermostats.
- Technologically advanced connectivity to unit – August remote keyless entry
- American Clay walls – a healthy and creative solution for beautiful interiors.
- Entirely Edible and Non-Toxic Landscaping.
- Oversized and Accessible Doors and Hallways.
- Anti-Microbial Corian Countertops.
- Touchless Faucets.
- Sustainable Kitchens that are LEED and WELL certification compliant.
Through research healthcare practices and studies, construction materials, and psychology, this project and the concepts being explored aim to change the narrative on wellbeing and design, while inspiring other facilities and communities to do the same.
To learn more about the great work that is being done in the pursuit of Wellness in the built environment, check out Delos Living.
or want to get Certified?! sign yourself up the International WELL Building Institute.
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Images courtesy of 2169Pandosy.
Researched and Written by Nathalie Ghawi, Double Major in Architecture and Urban Studies, University of Toronto.
All images courtesy of 2169Pandosy.