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 and Checking Out. The Hotel Experience
A series of design and user experience case studies of North American and European hotels. Assessing how cultural differences and the overall hotel design including the lobby, guest rooms and amenities impact guests and staff.
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.
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.