This multi-year and multi-method design research evaluation examined the new Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto, Canada and how its architectural design impacted the psychosocial well-being and health of its patients and the staff who care for them. Research was conducted at three site the old and new Bridgepoint Hospitals as well as West Park Healthcare Centre that acted as a control site.
Providence Care Hospital
The design research evaluation of Providence Care Hospital, in Kingston Canada included the evaluation of three facilities, St. Mary’s of the Lake that treated complex care and rehabilitation patients, the Mental Health Services buildings that treated various mental health populations and the new Providence Care Hospital that replaced the two previously mentioned buildings.
St. Catharines Site Niagara Health System
A design research evaluation of an acute and critical care hospital that was conducted five years after its official opening. The five storey community hospital replaced two other facilities and introduced regional services such as comprehensive cancer care, mental health and addiction services, paediatric care, intensive care and emergency and ambulatory care.
Checking In & Checking Out. The Boutique Hotel Experience
Whether it’s for business, a weekend escape, or an enriched leisure travel experience there are a number of factors that affect your choice of hotel. But what motivates someone to stay in a boutique hotel as opposed to the larger and more familiar branded hotels? A multiple case study of select North American and European boutique design hotels was conducted to understand patterns of behaviour and how hotel design can enhance the user experience.
West Park Healthcare Centre
As part of the planning design and compliance team led by HOK architects. A pre and post occupancy framework for evaluation was prepared and presented to the West Park Healthcare Centre leadership team.
The current redevelopment project includes construction of a new hospital building, including a total of 314 rehabilitation and complex continuing care inpatient beds and enhanced ambulatory care services. Two existing hospital buildings will be demolished allowing for the creation of a new street entrance and therapeutic outdoor spaces.
St. Michael’s Hospital
A tailored and site specific pre and post occupancy framework for evaluation was submitted to hospital leadership that outlined all of the priority areas for observation and the associated timelines.
The current redevelopment project includes the construction of a new 17 story patient tower and an expansion of the emergency department.
Do it yourself resources to assist you with the preparation and execution of major design research and evaluation initiatives.
Notes From the Field
Interacting with design. Directly and indirectly the environment that we are in has the ability to shape our behavior, facilitate interactions and alter our spirits. Whether we are at work, at home or on an outing, we are continuously interacting with the design of the built environment. This section is an archive of special reports and observations of what we’ve captured from the field.
Certificate Program: Design Research & Evaluation
Methologica is offering the premiere post professional certificate program for the advanced study of Design Research & Evaluation in the Built Environment. In intimate-scale cohorts, participants can build their knowledge and skills in design research & evaluation to be applied to architecture and built environment design projects.
The certificate program is comprised of a series of workshops to develop core competencies in Design Research & Evaluation in the Built Environment.
Specializations will be offered in various streams including: Healthcare Environments, Urban Environments, Education Environments, Workplace Environments, Hospitality, Performing Arts & Culture will be offered for those who have successfully completed the initial track.