Whitehorse General Hospital Expansion and Modernization


Northern light.

The expansion of Whitehorse General Hospital is the first large-scale enhancement to the facility in 20 years, and is currently one of the largest development projects in the territory. The $72 million project, broken into two distinct phases, includes a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) facility (Phase 1), as well as a new emergency department and inpatient area (Phase 2).

With Phase 1 completed in January 2015, PCL Westcoast Constructors Inc. and HDR | CEI were selected through a competitive bid process to design and build the next phase of the expansion.

Phase 2 of the project will see a significant 44,000 square foot, 2-storey wing added to the east side of the existing hospital. Key features of the expansion will include a new emergency department, increased patient care spaces, decontamination suite, data centre, and a second floor that can be completed in the future for more inpatient beds.

To ensure the new wing comfortably integrates with the existing building, Insulated Metal Panels (IMP) will be used to clad the building envelope. Organized horizontally and vertically, the panels will mimic the existing building application but also provide interesting compositions that enhance the overall facade.

Colour was also an important consideration for the design team, as northern communities receive limited daylight in winter months and landscapes are often blanketed in snow. Teal exterior panels will be complemented with coloured glass fins at the main entrance that reference the Aurora Borealis and are a gesture to the First Nations who believe in the spiritual nature of the lights. The fins will provide subtle coloured light reflections in the waiting area, constantly moving as the day progresses.

The expansion to Whitehorse General Hospital will create a modernized environment that meets today’s standards for healthcare facilities in patient safety, infection control, and comfort.

Project Cost



44,000 sq ft


December 2017


Yukon Hospital Corporation


Whitehorse, YT