Farrow's design for $1B St. Paul's Hospital submitted

Farrow's designs for $1B new St. Pauls Hospital in Vancouver revealed for conceptual approval: report



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Sechelt Hospital featured in Building magazine

Building Magazine cites extensive consultations with the local Sechelt Indian Band and exemplary green features of Sechelt Hospital (previously known as St. Mary's Hospital) in this article. Located on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, the project has demonstrated 40% energy savings compared to a LEED Gold Certified building (Abbotsford Regional Hospital). Designed to be the first hospital in North America to be carbon-neutral, Sechelt Hospital has been listed as the tenth most environmentally friendly hospital in the world. Architects: Farrow in association with Perkins + Will Vancouver.

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Renowned Jerusalem Health Sciences Campus Expansion

Farrow presented the design for a major expansion to Shaare Zedek Medical Centre (SZMC) campus, located on a prominent site in the heart of Jerusalem. The design sets out a vision for development which embodies SZMC's dedication to advanced medicine infused with human compassion, emphasizing the human touch and connections to nature.  

As illustrated in this video, the design reinforces a feeling of being "in good hands" by re-conceiving the arrival experience and flow of people through the campus. It creates a new central park and garden network that weaves from Mount Hertzel to the north through the campus toward the valley and recreation fields to the south. Major elements of the expansion include increased inpatient capacity (from 900 to 1,300 beds) along with expanded ambulatory, acute care, maternal, cancer radiotherapy, laboratory, research, nursing and medical school facilities. Mixed use enhancements include retail and a hotel.

Farrow's planning process was designed to unite participants in pursuing a way forward that is visionary, flexible and responsible. Specific criteria for the design were created with SZMC representatives and Jerusalem-based Rubenstein Ofer Architects, who are Farrow's collaborators for this project.

Other design criteria included:

  • enable SZMC to expand their role as a Center of Influence as well as a Center of Excellence
  • promote health in all respects
  • provide spaces that are easy to navigate with generous connections to the outdoors
  • create a learning environment as well as a teaching hospital
  • meet the needs of future generations, as well as changes in medicine, by being flexible, scalable and adaptable 
  • strengthen human and physical connections to the community and street network
  • provide a comfortable environment that helps hardworking staff enhance their performance

The first phase of detailed design has commenced, with construction to begin in late 2016.    

Shaare Zedek's site is located next to Mount Hertzel, Israel's national cemetery, the Jerusalem Forest and the Yad Vashem memorial to victims of the Holocaust.

This is Farrow's fourth project in Israel, having designed buildings in the country since 2006. These projects exemplify Tye Farrow's global Cause Health movement, which sees design as the basis for total health, which extends beyond technical sustainability and physical health to encompass our state of mind. 

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Farrow to give talk at Arts and Letters Club

Tye Farrow has been invited to give a lecture to members of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto on May 30, 2016.He will present his thoughts on the relationship between what we build and our total health. 

The Arts and Letters was founded in 1908 as "a rendezvous where people of diverse interests might meet for mutual fellowship and artistic creativity. It was to become a 'comradely haven for kindred souls.'"

The club attracted writers, musicians, architects, academics and supporters of the arts who helped shape the artistic culture we enjoy today including the Group of Seven painters, Robertson Davies, Vincent Massey, Marshall McLuhan.


Transformative education project begins construction

Construction has begun to transform Royal St. George's College dining hall and junior school to coincide with its 50th anniversary celebration this fall. The first phase of the project will see the total renovation of the College's Ketchum Hall and administrative areas, followed by renovations to the main entrance, kitchen and all classrooms. The project will be complete in 2017.

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Farrow team selected for new Vancouver hospital

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Providence Health Care (PHC) has selected Perkins+Will, in association with and Farrow and Sterling Planning Alliance (Sterling) as the team to undertake a key step in the development of a business plan for the new St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. This teaching hospital and integrated health campus will be located on Station Street in the False Creek flats area.

The team will develop a functional program, concepts and indicative design for the project to determine the space, designs, size and types of facilities required to house the future care programs and services.

“The potential for the new St. Paul’s Hospital and health campus to positively influence the health, happiness and prosperity of British Columbians is enormous,” says Tye Farrow, Senior Partner at Farrow. “We are excited to continue our work to advance the project’s potential to the next level.”   

The new St. Paul’s and integrated health campus will be one of the largest and most ambitious health care projects in British Columbia. It will be a model for wellness, promoting health, managing illnesses, and providing globally-recognized integrated care, research and teaching programs in such areas as heart and lung health, kidney/renal care, mental health, HIV/AIDS, complex urban populations and seniors.

“In 2006 Perkins+Will, in association with Farrow, conducted the master plan and initial concept design for a new hospital and health campus. Today we couldn’t be more pleased to build on this legacy with Providence and Sterling Planning Alliance to deliver a transformative plan – one that is focused on patient-centred care and furthers Providence’s position as an innovative and forward-thinking provider,” says Terry Smith, Director of Healthcare at Perkins+Will's Vancouver office.

Currently, the St. Paul’s redevelopment project is in the clinical planning stage, which involves gathering input from patients, community stakeholders, St. Paul’s staff,  physicians and researchers, Ministry of Health and other health authorities and academic partners to determine what services St. Paul’s patients require, in what settings and by which providers. The next stage involves the Perkins+Will team developing conceptual facility, space and building design requirements to fit the care programs and services for the new St. Paul’s health campus, as identified in the clinical planning process.

“We are thrilled to partner with the talented design team of Perkins+Will on this vital project and honoured to continue our relationship with Providence Health Care to help realize their vision for a new patient-centred, flexible and efficient care delivery system in the form of a new state-of-the-art St. Paul’s Hospital and integrated health campus at Station Street,” says Bobbe Young, Managing Principal at Sterling Planning Alliance. “This redevelopment project is a natural extension of our work with St. Paul’s Hospital on the Ambulatory Care Centre in 2012, and will enable Providence to help transform the future delivery of health care for patients from Vancouver and across the entire province.” 

About Providence Health Care
Providence Health Care (PHC) is one of Canada's largest faith-based health care organizations, operating 17 health care facilities in Greater Vancouver. PHC operates one of two adult academic health science centres in the province – St. Paul’s Hospital – performs cutting-edge research in more than 30 clinical specialties, and focuses its services on six “populations of emphasis”: cardio-pulmonary risks and illnesses, HIV/AIDS, mental health, renal risks and illness, specialized needs in aging and urban health and is home to the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. For more information about Providence Health Care, visit For more information about the redevelopment of St. Paul’s Hospital, visit

About Farrow
Farrow is at the forefront of design that re-imagines the role of hospitals as centres of influence in the quest for a healthier, more widely prosperous society. Drawing on roots established over 50 years ago, the firm has set a new standard for active health design with clients around the world. Leading institutions including the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic, as well as venues from Helsinki to Houston have invited Tye Farrow to present his ideas. For more information, visit

About Perkins+Will
Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities. Each of the firm’s 24 offices focuses on local, regional, and global work in a variety of practice areas. With hundreds of award-winning projects annually, Perkins+Will is highly ranked among top global design firms. Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the industry’s preeminent sustainable design firms due to its innovative research, design tools, and expertise. The firm's 1,800 professionals are thought leaders in developing 21st century solutions to inspire the creation of spaces in which clients and their communities work, heal, live, and learn. Social responsibility is a fundamental aspect of Perkins+Will’s culture and every year the company donates 1% of its design services to pro bono initiatives. In 2015, Fast Company ranked Perkins+Will among “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Architecture.” For more information, visit

About Sterling Planning Alliance
For nearly two decades, Sterling Planning Alliance has assisted healthcare providers in advancing the delivery of healthcare in an environment of ever-growing complexity and uncertainty.  Sterling is a healthcare consulting firm that brings together experienced professionals in health care planning, opaster planning, operational analysis, lean operations, and facility planning. The firm has a global reach and has since expanded to include offices in Canada, USA, and UK. Sterling Planning Alliance assists healthcare providers advance health care delivery and identify achievable strategic, operational, facility and program goals. Their mission is to provide innovative solutions to meet and exceed planning and development expectations. For more information, visit



Milestone for Farrow building in Israel

Topping off of concrete for the new 130,000 square foot Harzfeld Geriatric Hospital in Rehovot, Israel will occur this month.

The facility will include 153 beds, a dialysis unit, rehab daycare and a comprehensive therapy services.

Harzfeld Hospital will be moving to Kaplan Medical Center's campus from its current location to take advantage of strong connections to a central garden. The site was reimaigned in a master plan by Farrow.

Harzfeld Geriatric Hospital is the first building under construction by Farrow, while the Kaplan Cardiology Centre, also by Farrow, is currently in the design phase.

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Farrow Project Greenest Hospital in Canada

The Globe and Mail's enviromental sustainability magazine, Corporate Knights has selected Sechelt Hospital for their Gold Award as the Greenest Hospital in Canada. 

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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.


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