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Rural Response

The new Region of Durham Sunderland Paramedic Response Station provides improved community emergency services infrastructure, serving the Township of Brock, Scugog, Uxbridge, and surrounding areas with an elegant and functional design.


Two Forms Two Functions

The building is organized into two distinct, but integrated, functions — administration program areas on one side and a drive-thru apparatus bay for six EMS vehicles on the other. An additional logistics storage area is located along the east façade, with interior and exterior access which can function independently from the vehicle bay.

Paramedics Need Support Too

The internal administrative areas support the day-to-day activities for paramedics, and include service spaces that are accessed from the vehicle bay. The office accommodates three logistics staff workstations and an additional two workstations for daily paramedic staff use. The kitchen area provides a meal prep area and bar type seating. The south and west walls offer panoramic views of adjacent farmland and immediate site landscaping, including an exterior patio, while allowing natural daylight to filter into the building. Access to the building and internal circulation complies with barrier free design guidelines as defined by the OBC and AODA. Additional ‘back of house’ program areas include: storage rooms, wash area, mechanical/electrical rooms, and staff washroom/change room facilities.

Rural Vernacular

The exterior building is expressed with brick, architectural block, and metal panel all expressive of the rural vernacular. Durability and ease of maintenance were important factors in selecting the exterior and interior materials. Sustainable design initiatives include optimal building envelope performance, energy efficiency, reduced water use, and sustainable materials such as the mass timber structure along the south roof overhang. Overall, the Facility is designed to meet the goal of improved service delivery by improving response times, making more effective use of resources, meeting the growing healthcare needs of the community, and making a healthier and safer work environment for the employees of Durham Region.

Project facts

Services: Architecture; Mechanical, Electrical and Structural Engineering; Interior Design
Client: The Regional Municipality of Durham
Cost: 3 Million
Size: 744 sq m / 7,826 sq ft
Completion: 2018