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SSCY and ACCESS Saint-Boniface win Accessibility Awards

Interior photo of the SSCY building.
The interior of the Specialized Services for Children and Youth (SSCY) building.
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2016 Accessibility Award winners

BY SUSIE STRACHAN
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Published Monday, October 31, 2016

ACCESS Saint-Boniface and the Specialized Services for Children and Youth (SSCY) buildings have won awards for their accessible architecture.

Both building designs were honoured in October with “Excellence in Accessible Architectural Design” ACCESS awards from the City of Winnipeg.

Leslie Badger, a project co-ordinator with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Capital Planning Department, says a lot of thought goes into five different areas of accessibility in the region’s buildings.

“The WRHA has an accessibility committee, which looks at the following five initiatives in our new sites, that identify five barriers to accessibility,” says Badger. “These include attitudinal, architectural and physical, information and communication, systemic and technological.”

Exterior of the Specialized Services for Children and Youth building.

The SSCY building not only offers aids to physical mobility, it has sound dampening for children who may overload from sensory input, and has colour-coded the service areas to help people find their way around this 100,000-plus square foot building, says Badger.

“It’s divided into ‘neighbourhoods’, which help with intuitive wayfinding,” she says, adding the design of the SSCY interior had input from patients and their families, along with a number of service agencies such as the CNIB, Society for Manitobans with Disabilities and St. Amant Centre and others.

The award for SSCY was accepted by architect David Essex, of Stantec Architecture.

Exterior of the ACCESS Saint-Boniface building.

ACCESS Saint-Boniface is a long, slim building which provides a lot of natural light from the windows, along with a covered parking space, says Badger. Wayfinding in the building is also achieved by different colours.

The award for ACCESS Saint-Boniface was accepted by Christopher P. Daly with MMP Architects, and Real Cloutier, Chief Operating Officer for the Region.

The ACCESS awards committee wrote this about the SCCY and ACCESS St. Boniface projects: “We are so fortunate in this city to have so many architects, designers, and organizations who understand the values of universal design in achieving inclusivity for the whole community. Your two projects represent an exemplary model, seamlessly incorporating universal design elements which make life more equitable, safe, comfortable and affordable for everyone in our community, including people with disabilities.”

Ken Kollinger, WRHA Regional Director of Capital Planning (from left), Monique Constant, WRHA Community Area Director for St. Boniface/St. Vital, Susan Stratford, former Community Area Director for St. Boniface/St. Vital, Leslie Badger with WRHA Capital Planning, Hailey Connor, interior designer with MMP Architects, Winnipeg City Councillor Ross Edie, Chris Daly, MMP Architects, and Real Cloutier WRHA Chief Operating Officer were at the ACCESS Award ceremony at ACCESS Saint-Boniface.

The ACCESS Awards are presented and administered by the City of Winnipeg Access Advisory Committee, which has over 20 year of raising awareness. Universal Design makes life more equitable, safe, comfortable and affordable for everyone, including people with disabilities.

The ACCESS awards have been an annual event since 2002, recognizing architects, interior designers, landscape architects, and the owners of their projects. Award winners have highlighted universal and accessible design to an exemplary level in their particular projects, allowing Winnipeg to be a leader in North America as an inclusive community.


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