The Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH) redevelopment involved the construction of a new 7 storey patient care tower consisting of 400,000 square feet and 172 beds, as well as 120,000 square feet of renovations to the existing buildings.
Within the new patient care tower are, 3 floors of medical surgical inpatient units, Intensive Care, Surgical Services programs - including Ambulatory Procedures - the Medical Day Care / Oncology Program, Emergency Department, Laboratories, and other public amenities. Renovations of clinical departments include Diagnostic Imaging, Ambulatory Care Clinics, Level 2B Nursery, Paediatric and Postpartum Inpatient Units.
Imperative to the hospital was that the design should leverage its unique, bucolic location to enhance the quality of patient care and to establish quality connections to nature. The team designed a series of well-crafted environments within and around the hospital, enhanced by natural environment - both visually and physically.
75% of the patient rooms have lake views; the rest have views to the historical Niagara Escarpment. Public spaces offer views of Lake Ontario, and the hospital’s cherished “Protected Wood Lot”, as well as direct access to the landscaped forecourts, the dining terrace and the healing gardens.
The project was designed to achieve LEED silver certification and focused on energy efficiencies through large windows to provide daylight deep into the interiors and complementary solar control strategies to help reduce heat gain. Low VOC paints, adhesives and sealants were incorporated into material selection in order to minimize impact on air quality.
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