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North Island Hospitals

A story of healing

Courtenay and Campbell River, British Columbia

The Comox Valley and the city of Campbell River are attractive places for tourists and locals alike. With a vibrant community and diverse culture, they’re environments that encourage relaxation and healing.

We designed two patient-centered facilities that focus on innovation as well as quality healthcare. When considering the cultural needs of local First Nations, we included larger than average birthing—built for families who typically invite many relatives to celebrate the birth of a baby. There are gardens on the sites for visitors, staff, and patients, including traditional medicine gardens used by First Nations healers.

In Campbell River, the natural landscape inspired the design theme of “life by the sea,” whereas the surrounding trees inspired Comox’s “peace in the forest” theme. Both hospitals have plenty of welcoming, non-clinical spaces for patients and their supporters to enjoy—with daylight, nature views, artwork, and activity options. Similar layouts make it easy for staff to move from one facility to the other.

On the technical side, our team worked to design hospitals that are highly functional and minimize energy consumption, not only to achieve LEED Gold Certifications, but also because it’s the right thing to do.

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