The Hospital's targeted opening date is fall 2016, however much of the exterior construction has already been completed. There will be a year-long commissioning period to ensure the very complex building, which handles everything from gynecological surgeries and births to intensive infant care and palliative services is ready for use.
Canadian firm Parkin Architects partnered with Architecture49 to design a building that expresses the concepts of coherence, connectedness, and restoration. All areas of the hospital are respectful of women and their needs, and particularly the aboriginal women who will be the prime users. The complete design narrative is rooted in the wildflowers of Manitoba. They have been integrated as art and landmark elements throughout the interior of the building, as well as reflected through the incorporation of images of the urban elm canopy on the building's exterior.
Creating the mural on the building’s facade took planning and precision during production. Each panel was designated a specific elevation, with a very particular pattern to be applied. When all of the pieces were lined up and installed the glass portrays a seamless vision. Goldray’s Digital Ceramic Printing was chosen for the application, which applies ceramic ink directly onto glass in much the same way that an inkjet printer prints onto paper. This solution allows the designer to create multi-color or photographic quality images for either monolithic or laminated installations.