Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower


World-class healthcare, designed for B.C.

HDR | CEI, in joint venture with Parkin Architects, led the design of the Surrey Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and Critical Care Tower Redevelopment and Expansion project. HDR | CEI/Parkin was responsible for the architectural component of the project.

The first phase, a new, 65,652-square-foot Emergency Department, is nearly five times the size of the old Emergency Department. It opened in October 2013 and provides specialized mental health and pediatric areas, an enhanced rapid assessment zone, an improved area for acute patients, and a protected multi-car ambulance entry that can be converted to a mass triage area.

The triage area in the Emergency Department was designed using evidence-based principles; this area enables rapid triage to aid in the detection of infectious disease, and progresses the patient through to full clinical interview, assessment, registration, and treatment.

The treatment areas were uniquely designed in pods. These universally designed, self-sufficient zones provide staff with centralized access to supplies and services, which facilitates intuitive patient care while reducing unnecessary travel time. The pod zoning also enables isolation in the event of a communicable disease outbreak or acts of violence.

Phase 2 saw a new, state-of-the-art, critical care tower constructed on the hospital campus, adding 151 new acute care beds; these beds eased existing congestion at the hospital and will help address Surrey’s future health care needs.

The Critical Care Tower’s in-patient areas continue the theme of on-stage and off-stage spaces, with clear patient and visitor pathways and zones, and core areas that provide staff access to services, supplies, and break areas. Universal design continues throughout the units to support staff familiarity and efficiency as they move around and between floors.

Within patient rooms in the intensive and high acuity areas, the integration of equipment booms, ceiling lifts, and dedicated clinical and family zones combine state-of-the-art technology with family-centered care. Evidence-based design research supported many of the design details, and these details will contribute to improved infection control, heightened staff safety, and enhanced patient outcomes.

Project Cost



420,000 sq ft


Phase 1: July 2013; Phase 2: Spring 2014

Sustainable Features

  • LEED Gold
  • Preliminary energy model projects 41% energy savings
  • 72 bicycle parking spaces and dedicated shower and changing facilities
  • Significant use of wood in the interior and exterior
  • Stormwater runoff captured and discharged into a groundwater infiltration system
  • Water efficient landscaping with no potable use or irrigation


Gold Award, General Contractors – Over $55 Million, 2014

Vancouver Regional Construction Association Awards

Judges’ Choice Overall Winner, 2013

Fraser Valley Commercial Building Awards

Excellence Award, Community Institutional category, 2013

Fraser Valley Commercial Building Awards


“I am pleased to see that the construction and clinical design are both on schedule, and I look forward to opening our new, much larger emergency department in 2013 with the rest of the Critical Care Tower opening in 2014.”

Dr. Nigel Murray

Fraser Health President and CEO


Fraser Health Authority


Surrey, BC


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