Parkview receives Environmental Award
From Fulton Trotter:
We are proud to announce that Wesley Mission Brisbane was today awarded an "Aged Care Queensland Environmental Sustainability Award: Built Design" at the 2012 Aged Care Queensland Conference on the Gold Coast.
The Residential Aged Care Facility is a 144 bed community located at Wheller Gardens, Chermside, one of Wesley Mission Brisbane's largest residential aged care facilities. The project included 144 residential places, a therapy centre, kitchen, function spaces and a chapel. The structure comprises of a concrete column and slab system with predominately light-weight cladding. Whilst is it obviously impossible to foresee all future developments and requirements for reuse, the new facility is designed where feasible, for future flexibility. This required articulation of structure, skin, space planning and services and interiors that will allow for progressive building renewal over 45 years.
The Apartments at 20sqm (with a 6sqm ensuite) were larger than the industry standard at the time of construction. This decision was made because of the past trend toward larger rooms.
Facility mission statement (Wesley Mission Brisbane):
Parkview is not so much a building, but a community flowing with the joy of life. Its purpose is to be filled with residents living well and with integrity, respect, empowerment, hope, justice, compassion, and innovation. The building is the framework, but the people inside are the spirit – encouraging individualised care through catering to the specific needs of each resident.
Parkview and its people fully embrace the principles of the Eden Alternative™ – “a principle-based philosophy that empowers Care Partners to transform institutional approaches to care into the creation of a community where life is worth living” – and which seeks to eliminate loneliness, helplessness and boredom in residential aged care.
Behind the Environmentally Sustainable Design of Parkview (Fulton Trotter Architects):
Wesley Mission Brisbane engaged a sustainability consultant, Ray Jones Sustainable Designs, as part of the design team for Parkview. The Sustainability Report, which was commissioned during the briefing phase of the project, provided a range of options which were tested and incorporated into the project where feasible. The architect engaged for this project, Fulton Trotter Architects, has a strong background in passive building design, which includes building orientation and maximising design opportunities to capture breezes, light and also thermal mass considerations. Wesley Mission was committed to incorporating sustainable elements in this development.
This award builds on the innovation within Aged Care that Wesley Mission Brisband and Fulton Trotter Architects achieved through thoughtful and well-considered design. Parkview now has four awards for its success and continues to build on its Eden Principles by providing outstanding care to the residents.
“With my involvement in the aged care / retirement living industry over the last 25 years, I have seen much change in building designs. The facilities at Parkview are superb and a credit to all involved. I was particularly impressed by the design and attention to detail that has gone into this facility” – Barry Ashcroft, Deputy CEO – Aged Care Queensland
· 2012 Aged Care Queensland Environmental Sustainability Awards: Build Design Award
· 2011 ACAA National Building Awards: New Extra Services Facility
· 2011 AIA Queensland State Architecture Awards: Multiple Housing: State Commendation
- 2011 AIA Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards: Multiple Housing: Regional Commendation