Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower


World-class healthcare, designed for B.C.

The Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower is the largest healthcare project in the history of British Columbia, an expansion that will serve the fastest growing community in the province with world-class family-centred care.

The expansion is being delivered by a public-private partnership. CEI Architecture and Parkin Architects, in Joint Venture, are leading the design for the ITS project team. The design emphasizes evidence-based and lean design principles to ensure the facility will support the highest standards of care.

The project adds 151 acute care beds, and a new emergency department (the biggest in Canada) with a specialized mental health and pediatric area. Other elements include an Adult Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Centre of Excellence, more space for the clinical academic campus of the UBC School of Medicine, and a laboratory with the latest medical technology, specially designed for the region.

Patient and family care are at the core of the design, along with staff safety. All patient rooms have access to natural light and dedicated family space. Infection control, universal design and disaster preparedness are also key priorities for the project, which will provide expanded access to world-class healthcare for communities across the province.

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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