The six-story Academic Health Sciences Centre embraces multidisciplinary, highly technical research, while supporting Saskatchewan's commitment to provide exceptional healthcare for the people of the province. Flad Architects collaborated with Henry Downing Howlett Architects to design the new D Wing, which houses research labs, animal facilities, and academic offices for biomedical and pharmaceutical researchers from the various Health Sciences Colleges and units at the University of Saskatchewan.
The basement contains most of the animal housing, support, and procedure spaces, along with some offices. The first floor contains additional animal procedure rooms, labs and lab support spaces, offices, and collaborative spaces. Floors two through four are dominated by labs, lab support, offices, and collaborative spaces, while the fifth and six floors are reserved for offices and collaborative spaces, along with much of the mechanical space for the wing.
The Academic Health Sciences project was pivotal for the University, as well as the entire Saskatchewan community. The new design of the Center allows the University to:
- Strengthen research by providing exceptional labs and state-of-the-art equipment.
- Retain and recruit quality faculty, students, and researchers.
- Grow the campus through environmentally responsible means. (Designed to LEED Silver)
- Create connections between health science professionals.
- Strengthen the open space network of the campus.
- Create a pedestrian environment.
- Enhance the role of the university with the community.