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West Park Healthcare Centre

Toronto, Ontario

HOK has led the planning, design and compliance (PDC) aspects to replace aging facilities with a new hospital that includes 30 years of maintenance for West Park Healthcare Centre at a budget of CAD$1.2 billion. With its nature-inspired amenities, the new hospital will transform the way West Park delivers care to its patients.

The team is transforming West Park’s 27-acre, picturesque West Toronto site into an integrated “campus of care” for the people of Ontario. When the new hospital opens to patients in 2023, it will provide specialized rehabilitation, complex continuing care and community health services on a park-like campus overlooking the Humber River Valley.

In addition to exceptional quality care, West Park’s patients, staff and the community will benefit from the multitude of meaningful spaces in the hospital and across the campus. Inside and out, there are therapy spaces to inspire active rehabilitation, quiet contemplative areas for relaxation and architectural elements that connect patients, staff and visitors to nature to support their psychological and emotional well-being.

The project scope includes:

  • Constructing a 730,000-sq.-ft., 314-bed replacement hospital with three interconnected wings. The two inpatient services wings will have 80 percent single rooms and private washrooms to improve infection control. The ambulatory care wing will accommodate twice the number of outpatients that West Park currently serves.
  • Renewing the site’s abundant green space by adding landscaped areas for outdoor therapy, therapeutic gardens, courtyards, walking trails and outdoor terraces on every floor.
  • Creating a new, more scenic campus entrance with public and private roads.
  • Demolishing three existing hospital buildings and several ancillary structures.

As prime consultant for the PDC team, HOK helped establish the guidelines and performance requirements for the project’s design firms. Using a Lean-led design approach that incorporated input from many stakeholder groups, we engaged project team members, patients, family members and West Park’s staff and physicians. Our team led the development of both the planning principles and a designer’s toolkit that have guided decision making.

HOK’s upfront work informed the building architecture, campus plan, landscape architecture, space planning, interiors, signage and accessibility requirements. HOK also provided guidance for the ambitious wellness and sustainable design targets for the building, which is expected to achieve at least LEED Silver certification. We helped develop the team’s building information modeling (BIM) approach and wrote the technical output specifications defining the contractors’ scope of work.

“HOK has been an incredible asset by really understanding the specialized work we do at West Park, listening to the needs of our users and then developing concrete solutions,” said Shelley Ditty, vice president, campus development and support services at West Park Healthcare Centre. “As our planning, design and compliance consultants, HOK has been steadfast advocates for our patients, families, staff and physicians and ensuring our stakeholders get the best hospital they deserve.”

Our team now is monitoring the hospital’s construction progress for compliance with the project’s output specifications. We will continue to provide coordination and oversight services through the building’s commissioning and final completion in 2024.

EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare (EllisDon) was awarded a fixed-price contract to design, build, finance and maintain the project, which is being delivered through a public-private partnership (P3) with West Park and Infrastructure Ontario. EllisDon earned two Silver awards for the project—Best Social Infrastructure Project and Best Financial Structure—at the 2019 Americas P3 Awards. The architectural team includes CannonDesign and Montgomery Sisam Architects.

HOK previously provided PDC leadership for complex building projects at Humber River Hospital in Toronto and Providence Care Hospital in Kingston, Ontario.

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