BC Children’s Ambulatory Care Centre
The Ambulatory Care Building was the first major addition to the Children’s and Women’s Health Centre after the facility, then called the Grace Hospital, was completed in 1982. Priority needs called for a new freestanding building linked to the main hospital by a pedestrian bridge. The building tripled the number of on-site clinic rooms available for patients and staff and houses 24 pediatric specialty medical and surgical clinics.
This project plays an integral infill role in the completion of the linkages between buildings, resolving the urban design criteria of a new master plan developed for the facility by Henriquez Partners Architects. The Children’s & Women’s Health Centre project includes the BC Women’s Hospital’s new Maternity and Ambulatory Program Clinics, the BC Children’s Hospital Ambulatory Care Building, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Emergency renovation and expansion. Detailed review of programming and master planning ensured the integrity of overall site development for expansion and redevelopment.
The Ambulatory Care Building is nearly 40% more efficient than the National Energy Code called for when it was built. Sustainable design features include orientation toward solar exposure, maximization of natural ventilation and natural daylight, concourse ventilation, insulated north walls, reduction in electrical power consumption through daylighting, task lighting, and light and occupancy sensors. (Henriquez/IBI Group, Architects in Joint Venture)
Status: Completed in 2002
Size: 121,500 square feet