A Sanctuary of Healing and Hope

In collaboration with Wellspring Calgary, S2 designed a warm and inviting facility for individuals and families affected by cancer. The Randy O’Dell House is one of Alberta’s first buildings designed to attain the WELL Building Standard Silver certification.

The Randy O’Dell House project revitalized a 1,100 square meter space, transforming it into a sanctuary of wellness, radiating hope to those affected by cancer. At the heart of this endeavour was Wellspring Calgary’s vision for a space that facilitates healing and a sense of community.

From the project’s inception, our main focus was on the overall well-being of the occupants, driving us to embrace the rigorous standards of the WELL Building Standard. This framework addresses seven fundamental aspects of health: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. Our task was to create a residential aesthetic with commercial functionality while fully complying with code regulations and accessibility criteria. We overcame this challenge by artfully combining the characteristics of both building types, preserving the residential ambiance while meeting practical demands.

Every detail of the Randy O’Dell House has been thoughtfully curated. Our design is geared toward promoting wellness, from the selection of health-conscious building materials to the strategic placement of over 50 diverse window types to maximize the infusion of natural light. The programmatic spaces within are equally purpose-driven, including areas such as a lounge, tranquil sitting zones, an art room, a library, a fully-equipped kitchen, a community gathering space, an exercise area, child-minding facilities, and dedicated offices and counselling rooms. Ample outdoor gathering areas have been designed to provide patients and families with spaces for relaxation, including an expansive 8,000-square-foot garden adorned with flowering shrubs and perennials.

Throughout the project’s lifecycle, our team worked closely with Brookfield, the local developer, and various city business units to ensure our vision remained intact. The unique function of the Randy O’Dell House necessitated this engagement, ensuring the residential essence of the project was the driving force.

  • Client: Wellspring Calgary
  • Location: Calgary, AB
  • Services: Prime Consulting, Architecture
  • Sector: Specialized Healthcare
  • Size: 1,100 sq m building + 743 sq m garden
  • Completion: 2019
  • Sustainable Certifications:
  • WELL Silver Certified 
  • S2 Team:
  • Brian Corkum
  • Ken Shaman