"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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Mission Campus of Care achieves LEED Gold certification

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Described as an “architecture of wellness,” the Mission Complex Residential Care Facility in British Columbia is built almost entirely of wood.  Working with VanMar Constructors Inc., Farrow led the design team which was selected through a design-build competition, in association with Vancouver-based KMBR Architects.

This 12,000 square metre, 200-bed campus of care for people with complex health care needs recently achieved LEED Gold certification. 

Dr. Nigel Murray. president and CEO of the Fraser Health Authority told the press upon completion of the project that it is “a model for other communities in the Fraser Valley and is an outstanding example of how collaboration and a shared vision can lead to innovation and improve outcomes for the people we serve.” 


Canada Green Building Award for Sechelt Project

SAB Magazine has annnounced that St. Mary's Hospital in Sechelt, BC is a Canadian Green Building Award winner.

The comments of a jury member highlight this project's role in causing total health as well as its outstanding technical sustainability:  “...exemplary for its depth of integration at the community and social interesting exploration of how to improve clinical environments with operable windows, natural light and the integration of culture and community through works of art. Achieving such a high level of performance and at the same time strong connections to culture, nature and community is remarkable...”

The article is here.

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Royal St. George's College Profiles Tye Farrow

As the leader of the design process for Royal St. George's College 50th Anniversary Great School, Great Boys campaign,Tye Farrow was profiled recently here. "There is no better example of the impact of space than a place where you come to learn," said Tye. "A space that promotes relationships between you and your friends, and between students and their teachers. A space that inspires teachers to be amazing at what they do." 


Tye Farrrow Elected to UTAA Board

Tye Farrow was recently elected to the 2015-16 University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) Board of Directors, representing half a million alumni.


World-renowned architect Tye Farrow shares his vision for the Cause Health movement

“Environments can enhance our health, and enhancing our health relates to our ability to thrive,” says Tye Farrow in Brisbane's Courier Mail. "You can have an environment where it is easy to walk from here to there, but the question is, is it stimulating? Are there places that will allow you to interact with other people, feel good and think better while you’re in that environment?” Read the full article by Ruth McCosker here.

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Tye Farrow delivers convocation speech at the University of Toronto

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Tye Farrow addressed the graduating class of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design and Graduate Programs of OISE at the University of Toronto on June 4.

Farrow’s convocation message focused on his global quest to Cause Health which has grown out of his education and mentors at the U of T.

"You have the choice as educators, urbanists and designers to expect more and demand more of the schools, homes, offices and communities which you inhabit," he advises. His theme is aligned with university President Meric Gertler’s mandate to expand the role of University in creating prosperity through creativity, innovation and research. The text version of his speech is here.