Interior Heart and Surgical Centre


World-class cardiac care for the Interior.

The Interior Heart and Surgical Centre is an addition to the Kelowna General Hospital. The healthcare facility houses a cardiac surgery program that supports an estimated 600 open-heart surgery procedures each year.

The first three floors of the facility opened in September 2015. This portion of the project was delivered by public-private partnership, with design by HDR | CEI and HOK Architects in joint venture. The two lower floors include private pre-operation and post-operation day surgery bays, family rooms, a cardiac surgery ICU, 15 operating rooms including two for cardiac operations, and advanced medical imaging equipment to support minimally invasive surgery. The third floor features a medical device reprocessing department.

The fourth and final floor, a perinatal unit, was designed by HDR | CEI, and opened in March 2016. It includes five labour and delivery rooms, 17 inpatient beds, and specialized neonatal intensive care unit.

Evidence-based design principles were used throughout the facility to support the health of patients and the safety and comfort of staff, patients and family visitors.

The building is LEED Gold Certified. Wood is featured as exterior wall cladding and in the canopy and soffits, and used extensively in interior decorative elements. The use of wood promotes a warm and natural aesthetic that supports the form and function of the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre as a facility dedicated to healing.

Project Cost



151,840 sq ft


January 2016

Sustainable Features

  • LEED Gold Certified
  • Approximately 75% of all construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfill
  • On-site storm water harvested to eliminate use of potable water for irrigation
  • Water efficient low-flow fixtures reduce water use by at least 40%
  • Use of recycled and regional materials
  • Low-emitting VOC products selected for indoor environmental quality
  • Maximized daylight


Award of Excellence, 2017

Canadian Design Build Institute


“This new centre brings us closer to our goal of developing the KGH site into a world-class healthcare campus that serves the entire Interior Health region.”

Norman Embree

Chair, Interior Health Board


Interior Health Authority


Kelowna, BC