The South Walkerville Medical Centre in the heart of Windsor, Ontario was designed in 5 phases from 1992 to 2001 by Joseph Passa Architect as a partner with R. Meo Associates and then Passa Architects. Total floor area for the complex is approximately 120,000 square feet (11,200 sm) with single, two, and three-story buildings. The interiors are comprised of various specialty doctors’ offices, clinics, pharmacies, operating rooms, a laser eye center, associated medical retail outlets and coffee shops.
The initial phase one design of the main building was determined by maximizing the entrances into the building from various car drop off and parking locations around its perimeter for patient ease of access. All entries lead to the circular central area where an elevator, pharmacy, and a coffee shop are the focal elements of the interior with radiating corridors leading to the medical offices and clinics. Additional phases of the 3 story connected building behind and two outbuildings in the front of the site added more space for this highly successful medical centre within blocks of a nearby hospital providing a strong relationship for doctors using both facilities. A large 42,000 sf two storey adjacent building completed the build out of the site in 2001 which together have approximately 540 cars clearly organized for ease of traffic circulation between all buildings for close proximity of the users.
The main entry has a covered canopy for ambulance access cleverly incorporated into the stepped perimeter of the radiating plan with handicapped needs completely compatible with barrier free access in all locations. With the natural progression of the evolution of the Centre over time various medical offices have changed usage with renovations regularly on going for this sprawling medical compound.