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Nanaimo Regional General Hospital - Emergency and Psychiatric Emergency

Emerging care: filled with light

  • LEED

    Certified Gold

  • 30K

    Square Metres

  • Nanaimo, British Columbia

    Nanaimo, British Columbia

An expert hospital staff helps guide the principles of design

Nothing can be more distressing than a sudden injury, a car accident, or a heart attack. This is when an emergency department becomes really important in one’s life.

The expert team of staff, nurses, and physicians of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Emergency Department needed a new space to service the growing community. Their expertise, accompanied by a welcoming attitude, was the guiding principle of the design. It starts with a timber canopy that makes it easy to find the entrance and recalls the beautifully wooded surroundings of Vancouver Island. The lobby and reception area are open and airy, with high ceilings. Filled with regional artwork, it’s also highly functional, with reception structured so patients are easily triaged.

The waiting areas and the treatment pods are all organized around individual courtyards, open to the sky so the patient, while waiting or being treated, is connected to natural light and interior gardens. This relieves stress for both the patients and caregivers while getting the extra benefit of reduced lighting costs. A separate mental health unit includes four secure bedrooms, treatment rooms and pleasant courtyards, living spaces and recreation areas to help speed rehabilitation.

At a Glance

CARITAS Project, Generative Space Award 2014
Meet Our Team

Dean Kaardal, Vice President, Regional Growth Leader, Buildings (Canada)

What I like about Stantec is all we are asked to do is benefit our clients with honesty and integrity. It’s an easy ideal to live by.
Dean  Kaardal Vice President, Regional Growth Leader, Buildings (Canada) Read More

Ray Pradinuk, Principal, Architect

Healthcare design just gives me so many opportunities to innovate. I can think about new ways of organizing space or I can think about sustainability and multiple ways to reduce energy consumption and our collective footprint. The field is so fertile.

Dean  Kaardal

Vice President, Regional Growth Leader, Buildings (Canada)

Ray Pradinuk

Principal, Architect

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