2013 renovations and an expansion at Sechelt Hospital were recently awarded for social and cultural integration, as well as, improved clinical environments.
“The project evolved from the ambition to create a meaningful and supportive environment for all staff, patients and visitors, reflecting the place, culture and people it would serve.”
Good practice initiatives included:
- Extensive consultation and collaboration with healthcare providers and First Nations
- External architecture inspired by First Nations traditions
- Interior designs created to support community integration and connect to nature for optimum health and well-being
- Maximum use of daylight and patient rooms and inpatient areas with views and windows that open and close
- On-site respite gardens for patients and visitors
- A climate specific landscape plan that eliminates potable water for irrigation
- Design that prioritizes passive and low carbon strategies for energy: natural light, high efficiency glass and framing fenestration, solar shading and operable windows.
- Design flexibility to allow for future growth of the hospital
“Both the design team and Health Authority believe the best way to learn is to engage and communicate. Health and well-being are often dependent on strength of community, thus engaging occupants and stakeholders to inform design was essential to the success of this project.”
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