Yunesit’in Health Centre

Client: Yunesit’in Government
Location:
Hanceville, BC
Completion Date: 
2012
Size:
422m² (4,542 ft²)
Award: 2014 WoodWorks! Wood Design Award

Yunesit’in Health Centre

Client: Yunesit’in Government
Location:
Hanceville, BC
Completion Date: 
2012
Size:
422m² (4,542 ft²)
Award: 2014 WoodWorks! Wood Design Award

Yunesit’in Health Centre

Client: Yunesit’in Government
Location:
Hanceville, BC
Completion Date: 
2012
Size:
422m² (4,542 ft²)
Award: 2014 WoodWorks! Wood Design Award

Yunesit’in Health Centre

The Yunesit’in Health Centre is located in the Cariboo Chilcotin near Williams Lake, BC.

Yunesit’in villages were by defined by simple wood constructions of Douglas Fir, a tree characteristic of the Chilcotin River Valley. The constructions were characterized by a central gathering area defined by a simple frame and protected by two wood walls constructed of poles placed side by side.

The main feature of the Health Centre is the Community Gathering Space, which like its traditional counterpart is defined by closely spaced Douglas Fir glulam timbers supporting a large scale sheltering roof. The underside of the roof is clad in douglas fir both in and outdoors. The clinical wing of the building is  wood frame construction with prefabricated wood trusses. Millwork and doors throughout the facility are edge grain Douglas Fir.

In keeping with Yunesit’in values the Yunesit’in Health Center was designed with sustainability, integrity and respect for the Yunesit’in traditional lifestyle. The climate in the Chilcotin River valley is mainly heating dominated but also has months of 30+ degree high dry spells.

In response to the local climate offices in the health centre are placed on the south façade to allow natural daylight in. To reduce solar heat gain in the summer the roof extends to create a covered walkway along the south façade.

Energy efficient LED lights were used throughout the building to supplement natural daylighting when required. The mechanical system is an economical energy efficient hybrid heating and cooling air-to-air heat pump system with supplemental high-efficiency furnaces for the winter. When compared to conventional building systems it is estimated that the insulated wood structure of the health centre will be 60% more energy efficient and annually reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 28 tons of CO2.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed working with DNA over the past five years. DNA has listened to what the community has said and they have kept us informed on the progress of each project. DNA has been adept at identifying funding opportunities for Yunesit’in and has been proactive at addressing issues that affect schedule and budget. In addition, DNA has ensured that members from our community have had opportunities access to training and employment on each project that they have worked on with us. We appreciate DNA’s commitment in supporting the development of our members and community”

– Councillor Gabe Pukacz, Yunesit’in Government

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