Humber River Hospital leverages digital technology to enhance patient care. Recognized as North America’s first “fully digital” hospital, it features cutting-edge technology such as automated kiosks that disperse patient medication via a robotic arm. Certified LEED Gold, it’s also one of North America’s most energy-efficient hospitals.
As compliance architect for the 656-bed hospital, HOK developed the project vision and strategic site and building organization for this public-private partnership (P3) project.
An extensive HOK-led sustainability study resulted in the hospital achieving a projected nearly 50 percent reduction in energy use compared to similar facilities.
The building provides 142,000 square feet of green roofs visible from patient rooms. Vegetated open space covers more than one-third of the site. The landscape’s plant palette of upland tree shrubs and perennial species support local and migrating wildlife. Shaded seating options along the grounds provide areas of respite for patients, employees and visitors. Rainwater capture and native flora reduce water use by 33 percent.
The project incorporates large amounts of recycled, regionally sourced materials and diverted 96 percent of construction waste from landfills.