New clinic and pharmacy to be a part of community renewal
Norwood Medical Centre, located in McCauley, had its grand opening on Feb. 28.
The opening was well attended and featured remarks by local politicians, including Coun. Scott McKeen, NDP MLA Janis Irwin, the architects, and the construction company. The infill development is a partnership between Mansour Engineering as the prime consultant, Carlson Construction as the base building contractor (exterior building), HIBCO Construction as the interior fit up contractor, and AVID Architecture as the architectural team, in partnership with the McCauley and Norwood communities.
“When I first started to see construction here, I was very excited,” says Irwin, who lives only a few blocks away from the new medical centre.
The clinic occupies the space where a mechanic shop used to be, the owners of which were eager to sell. The design and construction of the clinic involved plenty of collaboration and planning. It was clear the location needed to be a strong presence on 95 Street and serve as a safe and active focal point for the community. Creating walkable streets and improving safety in the area were priorities for the project.
The building is a unique and vibrant design that both stands out and complements the existing Norwood and McCauley architecture. The façade features geometric designs that portray rocky mountains, flowing blue streams, and deep valleys, all while allowing the interior to be brightly lit with natural light. Inspiration was drawn from the art of local artists Curtis Doyle and Jason Carter, who both create bright, colourful, geometric art. These vibrant colours, which include LED lights at night, will brighten up the street on gloomy winter days and encourage community members to stop in to say hello. The design includes a second entrance and the ability to add a second floor in the future, as well as consideration given to the back alley.
“The challenge,” says Lindsay Farr, architecture intern with AVID Architecture, “Was how to put in all these windows while still allowing for privacy of clients in the clinic.”
The building design truly lends itself to the welcoming nature of the centre where the focus is on community. In fact, their motto is “doctors who care about community” and it’s featured prominently on their website.
The clinic offers a full range of medical services, including specialities like pediatric care, obstetrics, and gynecology for individuals needing care relating to fertility or women’s health, and prenatal and postnatal care. There is a walk-in clinic as well as a full staff of family physicians accepting new patients. Massage therapy is offered on site and the centre includes a full service pharmacy.
Norwood Medical Centre hopes to become a comfortable, welcoming part of the community while striving to serve the unique needs of the area with compassion and kindness.
“Revitalization and renewal played a really big part in this,” Farr says.
The medical centre is located at 11051 95 St and is open 9 am – 7 pm Monday to Friday and 9 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday for walk-ins and appointments. Appointments can be booked online, by phone, or by walking in.
NORWOOD MEDICAL CENTRE
11051 95 St
Featured Image: Norwood Medical Centre celebrated its grand opening on Feb. 28. | IntEx Imaging