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



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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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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.

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