Students help design future children's hospital building
The vision for Saskatchewan's Children's Hospital is starting to take shape, and a group of Saskatoon students is at the forefront of helping to decide what it could look like.
The grade eight students at Brownell School have laid out what they think the pediatric floor could look like inside Saskatchewan's future children's hospital.
Lucas Garvin showed his classmates some of his ideas on his detailed floor plan. "I got some ideas from the internet, put them all together and drew what we thought would be the best for those children going there."
From the dimensions of each room, to a 3D model, these amateur architects have done it all. They've even taken on the role of interior decorators, coming up with paint colors and furniture requests.
During the design process, they were guided by professionals. The project was part of the 2011 Architecture Goes to School Program. Architect Keith Henry says he's impressed with the amount of team work.
"How they were able to come together as a class to pull this altogether," says Henry, "I'm really overwhelmed with the amount of work, research and creativity they've shown through the process."
But what's even more exciting for students is the fact their ideas may be considered by the hospital's design committee when they move ahead with facility plans. Craig Ayers, the project director, says children's input is part of their design strategy.
"We're going to do the best we can to understand what those messages are, and what things are important to them - and try and embed all these ideas together into the detailed design of the facility," says Ayers.
The student's teacher, Marla Fruson, was just as excited about participating in the project. "Because this project had real life to it, real life meaning and context… I think they had to think about a lot of things kids don't usually think about it. And although we often give project and assignments every day in school, there isn't the application."
It's a project Lucas Garvin is proud to be a part of, and believes children's input is key.
"I think it will help a lot, it's not adults doing it. It's kids that can sort of know what other kids might want."