Type of facility: acute-care hospital addition
Client: Surrey Memorial Hospital/South Fraser Health
Project architect: Stantec Architecture, Vancouver
Construction manager: Bird Construction Co., Richmond,
Completed: April 2001
Size: 160,000 square feet
Total cost: $28 million (U.S.)
Cost per square foot: $175 (U.S.)
A full spectrum of colors conveys cheerfulness around and inside the Children's Health Centre at Surrey Memorial Hospital in British Columbia.
An arching and curving heavy timber canopy shelters visitors on their way to the vehicle drop-off and designates the location of the entry, marked by rainbow panels. Brightly colored sculptures of children doing cartwheels, jumping and swinging are near the front door. The curve of the entry canopy also introduces the curving geometry of the three-level lobby.
"This hospital provides a continuous experience from parking lot to bedside, an experience that is genuinely playful and engaging," judge Francis Pitts says.
Common areas are convenient to each floor, while most patient rooms are in quiet, cross-hall corridor pods that facilitate interaction and support.
The first floor contains the children's center, with a 28-bed pediatric unit, outpatient unit and adolescent psychiatry unit, as well as an intensive-care unit and surgical suite. The second floor houses a birthing center, and the third floor is home to an 84-bed surgical inpatient area. Rainbow-colored light tubes arch over a children's play area, and a children's courtyard celebrates nature and the forest with giant leaf sculptures.