Rosemount Branch of Somerset West Community Health Centre

Ottawa, Ontario

Somerset West CHC provides primary health and social services within diverse, multi-cultural communities in urban Ottawa. Since 1969, SWCHC has been steadily growing and changing in innovative ways to meet community needs. In 1990–1993, Carlyle Design Associates worked on the design and development of a new building (now the Eccles Branch) with Griffiths Rankin Cook Architects. It is still recognized for successful integration within the existing neighbourhood. The scope of work included consulting on clinical planning, interior design, millwork, furniture planning and specification, signage and art. Work over subsequent years included a high-level planning study to explore options for future space use and a series of minor interior renovations.

In 2013, SWCHC acquired another building, dating originally from 1914, to accommodate their new Rosemount Branch. Working with CSV Architects, Carlyle Design addressed interior design and furniture and equipment planning for an extensive renovation costing approximately $2.5 million. Clinic design meets new Ontario Ministry of Health guidelines. Strategically placed openings in interior walls extend daylight into the building and, combined with lively colour, create cheerful spaces. Works of visual art by local artists celebrate the creative life of the community. SWCHC has established a partnership with a neighbouring cooperative, Enriched Bread Artists, to exhibit changing installations over several years.