Well-conceived and carefully designed healthcare spaces can promote health, and create an environment that allows for a seamless process for patients and the caregivers that support them. As dedicated partners in the process, WSP is committed to creating the hospitals of tomorrow that combine high performance and efficiency with comfort and accessibility.

A hospital is never just a building – it’s a place that touches patients and their families at critical moments in their lives. At WSP we put their wellbeing at the heart of our designs. Whether we’re providing hospital engineering for a landmark project or updating a community clinic, our teams strive to create warm and supportive environments for patients, visitors and staff.


People-Centred Design

Our people-centred approach is coupled with a commitment to clinical excellence. And it’s a combination that has won us roles on some of the world’s most advanced hospitals. We are proud of our long record of providing innovative, efficient and sensitive solutions, carefully aligned to our clients’ therapeutic vision and model of care.
Our experts understand what it takes to create a world-class facility. From accommodating state-of-the-art technologies alongside complementary cancer therapies to meeting the diverse needs of acute care patients under one roof, or making sure children’s clinics have tamper-proof features; we know how to tailor global best practice to suit every project.
However demanding a brief may be, we thrive on the challenge. Our goal is always to find the most sustainable, efficient solutions, so that our clients can offer the best possible care to their communities – today and for the future.


Clean, Safe Environments

Patient safety is a guiding principle in every decision we take. Whether we’re designing a paediatric clinic or forensic hospital, we understand the importance of creating a clean, secure healing environment. Our specialist teams consider how to minimize the spread of germs and aid cleaning from the outset, planning room layouts and staff facilities to cut the risk of cross-contamination, and designing ventilation systems that remove airborne pathogens while ensuring plentiful supplies of fresh air.


We also implement secure-by-design principles to keep intruders out and stop vulnerable patients from roaming where it isn’t safe. Above all, we tailor our approach to each unique set of circumstances, making sure the right solutions reach the right projects – from features that reduce the risk of falls among older patients to fire and life safety systems that allow smooth evacuation of people with learning disabilities.


Positive Experiences

The best hospitals do more than treat disease and mend broken bones; they promote wellbeing. We apply a holistic idea of patient welfare to all designs, maximizing access to natural light, fresh air and greenery, and creating quiet, private rooms wherever possible. We understand that even minor frustrations can cause anxiety and disrupt healing, and so we strive to deliver hassle-free environments, making our buildings as accessible and comfortable as possible for patients, families and staff.


Our engineers work closely with healthcare teams to understand the patient journey, and approach every aspect of the design with this in mind. From inspiring structures that lift the spirits to visual clues that aid wayfinding, we never forget the details that can make a vital difference to patients and visitors. The result is buildings that truly promote recovery.

Efficient Buildings

Today’s hospitals must be more cost-effective than ever, not only during construction but over their lifetimes. We take a forensic approach to the task, working out exactly how a facility will run and what we can do to improve performance. We design structures and finishes that minimize maintenance, building systems that reduce energy and water use, and layouts that cut staff travel time.


Our engineers take advantage of the latest techniques, such as chilled beam technologies for cooling and ventilation. And we apply global best practice to all our projects, many of which – like the world’s first LEED Platinum hospital – have become environmental showcases. Finally, we plan for the future with flexible designs that can respond to changing needs and treatments, plus strategies to adapt to climate change, allowing us to deliver structures that will remain effective and safe for decades to come.


The Canadian healthcare industry

Healthcare is one of the most complex and high-stakes building sectors, requiring specialized knowledge of a variety of building systems and highly specific healthcare facilities and equipment. From over 30 years of working on some of Canada’s most complex and innovative facilities, WSP has a strong understanding of the impact of highly specialized equipment, energy efficiency, infection control, and other healthcare-specific design issues. We also understand the importance of revenue streams, and can provide solutions related to such aspects as parking, retail, dining, and medical offices.


As a full-service consultant, WSP is an ongoing partner throughout each project – not only as a designer and project manager during the initial stages through to commissioning and ongoing maintenance, but also during future retrofit improvements. Our special combination of expertise means we can deliver solutions that run the gamut from high-level goals to practical maintenance solutions combined with state of the art software tools.


From working with various stakeholders, WSP understands the needs these different groups have for a variety of delivery models including design build and P3. WSP is a trusted and respected advisor throughout the process, with a collaborative and integrated approach that is able to develop customized solutions.


The Canadian healthcare industry has been on the frontier of the green movement for years. WSP has helped hundreds of clients achieve green certification by integrating sustainability into the design and construction of each facility. With our guidance, clients reduce their building’s environmental impact and attain dramatic reductions in their capital and operating costs.

  • Some of the specialized healthcare facilities we have experience in:
  • Cancer centres
  • Children’s hospitals
  • Geriatric and long-term care
  • Ambulatory and acute care
  • Laboratories
  • Mental health facilities
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Teaching hospitals
  • Trauma and emergency car