New book on modern architecture features Farrow project

Farrow's Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre will be featured in CANADA – Modern Architectures in History as a seminal example in the evolution of healthcare design in Canada. Written by Michelangelo Sabatino, Professor and Director of the PhD Program in Architecture at the College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology and Professor Rhodri Windsor-Lidcombe of the University of British Columbia, the book will be published in the fall 2016 by Reaktion Books in London.



Farrow delivers lecture in Haifa, Israel

Tye Farrow presented his thoughts on the relationship between health and design to PhD candidates at the Technion University's Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning on January 13, 2016.The Technion Israel Insitute of Technology is Israel's oldest university.

Tye was welcomed by Dean Yehuda E. Kalay at the faculty for the hour-long talk which was followed by an hour of open discussion.


Country Day School senior school opens

The $17 million Senior School and dining hall opened for use by staff and students on January 4, 2016. In addtion to classrooms, the new Senior School includes science laboratories, a library, administration, guidance and staff offices, common areas, washrooms, change rooms and storage rooms.

The project also includes a new dining hall which provides on-site food preparation and catering to accommodate 800 students per day. 

The design makes extensive use of timber and maximizes daylight penetration throughout the building. The project was completed on schedule and $100,000 under budget.

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Cardiology Center design unveiled

Farrow’s design for the largest cardiology centre in Israel (as well as the region) will proceed with construction this year at Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot. The 120,000 sq ft center will include inpatient cardiac intensive and intermediate care beds, as well as four catheterization operating suites. The $50 million CAD center will also provide related outpatient services.

Biophilic principles have guided the design by drawing inspiration from fluid, natural organisms rather than tight mechanical systems. The living qualities of Farrow's original master plan for the site are amplified by all four exterior elevations, whle the building layout creates a sense of continuous movement.

The pulsing rhythm of a heart beat is expressed through the graphic rhythm of the terra cotta sun shading structure. This structure pulses open at the main entrances to create a welcoming embrace. 

The Cardiology Center’s layout was inspired by the nature of the human circulatory system (corridors) and heart chambers (departments) in a fluid design.

The Kaplan Medical Center (KMC) serves a population of over 700,00, It is one of the largest hospitals in the CLALIT network, Israel’s largest Health Services provider as well as the second largest health services provider in the world. KMC is a teaching hospital, affiliated with the Hebrew University Medical School in Jerusalem.

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Country Day School nears completion

Construction of the $17 million new independent high school and dining hall is nearing completion. Owners' Occupancy will take place in early December and students will move in at the beginning of January.

The Country Day School retained Farrow to create a new face to the community with this distinctive timber structure, which spans the central atrium and dining hall. Construction managers TriAxis and Farrow worked under a design build contract to deliver the project under budget.

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New Zealand city Annual Report features Farrow

Seeking to become a "wood first city" Rotorua, New Zealand's new Annual Report features Farrow's Peel Regional Cancer Centre project. Stating the the design "exemplifies the values we aspire to, as well as cleverly engineered wood products" the report can be viewed here

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"Health and Healing" at Sechelt Hospital

"Collaborative engagement and a patient-centred perspective drove the design process for this new hospital on the Sunshine Coast in B.C.” This month's Canadian Architect features Sechelt Hospital here. The design, by Farrow Partners in association with Perkins+Will, is hailed for embracing "progressive ideas including the notion that beautiful places make for better health." photos: Andrew Latreille

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Tye Farrow serves on Kaiser Permanente's first design awards jury

America's largest managed care organization, Kaiser Permanente has been described in The New York Times as "the face of future health care." Tye Farrow recently served on Kaiser's first design awards jury at their corporate headquarters in Oakland, California.  

This awards program recognizes "the contributions of KP professional design consultants for projects that achieved excellence in planning, architectural design, engineering, information and clinical technology, innovative design concepts, and cost savings ideas for Kaiser Permanente facilities across all regions."

Jurors included medical group clients, academic/educational representative, Kaiser Permanente National Facilities Services Governance Board, and renowned architects/designers.

Kaiser Permanente serves more than 9 million people from 38 hospitals and 608 medical office buildings. Their facilities in eight U.S. states and the District of Columbia accommodate 192,000 employees and physicians.


Ceremony celebrates unveiling of Sechelt artworks

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A public ceremony hosted by Sechelt / shishalh Hospital presented three totem poles for the entrance to the community. Totem carvers Tony Paul and Dion Louie were honoured along with Shane Jackson who created the spectacular lobby mural. These works are seen as a tangible representation of the rich history and culture of the shishalh people.

The theme for this event highlighted a spirit of unity and reconciliation, as well as welcoming and healing. The totems were described as a symbol of the partnership of First Nations, the Municipality and people of the Sunshine Coast working together. The totems convey messages of welcoming and, as Tony Paul emphasized, “Not just healing our health, but also healing our people.”

All of these works are part of an approach that received an international award for use of art in the patient environment at the 10th Annual Design and Health World Congress. Details of the artwork and context can be viewed in the award submission here

St Mary's Sechelt is listed here as the 10th most environmentally friendly hospital in the world; the only one selected from Canada.The project has also recently won the SAB Canadian Green Building Award. 

An excellent video of the dedication ceremony was created by Michael Morgan, ‎communications Director at Sechelt Indian band and can be viewed here.

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