WSP has played a role on this innovative project from an early stage, providing project management services for planning, design and procurement of the 11,000 sq m2 facility. In tune with the patient-centred philosophy of the new centre, patients, families, physicians, UBC Research Institute and staff were all consulted during the design process.
The result combines therapeutic treatment areas with plenty of natural light to create a bright and welcoming environment. All rooms will be private and have en-suite bathrooms, and every floor has access to outdoors, quiet space for reading and meditating. In recognition of the role of the outdoors in promoting wellbeing, the LEED Gold-rated design includes a public park and rooftop gardens for patient gardening. The centre, which also has dedicated family and visitor space, will easily be able to expand in future, with built-in capacity for two additional floors.