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St. Mary’s Hospital

Sechelt, British Columbia

As a result of our preliminary assessment of the proposed master plan at the project interview stage, the client agreed that the Master Plan of Record was not optimal. More appropriate alternatives were mutually explored which ultimately delivered greater value-for-money.

Located on the Sunshine Coast northwest of Vancouvert, St. Mary's was designed to be the greenest hospital in Canada, as well as North America’s first carbon-neutral hospital. The hospital has become a cultural asset for the entire community that communicates respect and optimism connected with the First Nations' spiritual world.

Major artworks tell stories and depict well-known cultural symbols, such as three totems that mark the main entrance. The lobby area is animated by a spectacular sunburst mural that spans the entire 70-foot-long lobby. Members of the community can recognize, understand and appreciate these elements on many levels, whether or not they are of First Nation origins.

The building was expanded and extensive renovations to the existing hospital included an increase in the number of private rooms. The project scope also comprised a new Special Care Unit for high acuity patients; improved infection control and isolation capacity; new emergency department with fast-track capacity; expansion to Ambulatory Care, Surgical Day Care; and a new diagnostic imaging department.


Farrow in association with Perkins + Will Architects