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Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower Opens


The Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower had its official grand opening last week. Now the entire eight-storey hospital tower is open to the public. Phase one of the facility, which included the new Emergency Department, opened in October 2013.

BC Health Minister Terry Lake was there for the opening, along with local MLAs and representatives.

“Thanks to this new facility, health-care professionals will be able to deliver the best possible care for families in a larger, modern environment with more beds, space, equipment and staff,” said Lake. “The critical care tower will go a long way in meeting the health care needs of the rapidly growing Fraser Valley.”

This article in the Surrey Now newspaper has additional comments from medical staff in attendance:

Some doctors at the opening event said that the opening of the facility didn’t just represent newer, bigger rooms and state-of-the-art technology, but rather “compassion, caring and respect” as one patient reportedly said.

The $512 million Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower was delivered by public-private partnership. CEI Architecture and Parkin Architects were the architects on the project. EllisDon led the construction.

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Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower takes home two awards

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board recognized CEI Architecture and Parkin Architects’ design of the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower Phase 1 with two honours at their third annual Commercial Building Awards. The new development at SMH was deemed the Judges’ Choice Overall winner, and also won the Excellence Award in the Community Institutional Category.

The dual wins are the first awards received by the facility since the new Emergency and Pediatric Emergency opened to the public on October 8. Operating on the first level of the Critical Care Tower, the new Emergency department is the second-largest in Canada and the Pediatric Emergency is one of only two in BC.

Construction continues on the remainder of the CCT with a completion date set for spring 2014.



Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower Emergency set to open

The emergency department at the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower, designed by CEI Architecture and Parkin Architects in Joint Venture, is set to open on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

The hospital has long had the Province of B.C.’s busiest emergency department, and with the opening of the new facility it now has the biggest, at 57,000 square feet.

As a recent article in the Vancouver Sun notes, the state-of-the-art ER has many innovative design features informed by the latest evidence-based design principles:

  • Private treatment rooms with walls (not curtains) and glass fronts so health care professionals can monitor patients from nursing stations.
  • White boards in every room so patients and their families can have interactive communication with health care teams.
  • A pediatric ER with a separate entrance for an anticipated 18,000 to 24,000 patient visits.
  • A trauma room with three bays that has the first ceiling boom of its kind in Canada. The boom contains the cables and cords for equipment such as special LED surgery lights that can be readily swung into position for use.
  • A dozen treatment rooms for patients with infectious diseases. The rooms have their own bathrooms so contagious patients don’t expose others. They also have ante rooms where health care staff can put on their protective masks, gowns and gloves.
  • A medical imaging unit close to the trauma area where an anticipated 70,000 tests will be done each year. The CT scanner features a ceiling design of blue sky and blooming cherry trees, in a nod to anxious patients who can now gaze up at something other than dreary walls.
  • An all-concrete, six-ambulance holding garage area that can be converted into a disaster command centre.



Surrey Memorial Hospital gets topped off

With just one more year to go until the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower opens, the new eight-floor tower, one of British Columbia’s largest capital investments in health care to date, held a “topping off” ceremony earlier this month. The last concrete slab was poured at the highest level of the building to mark a milestone in the construction process.

Check out the video above for the highlights of the ceremony. For the full story, check out Fraser Health’s website.



Winning teams for winning recreation projects

Congratulations to Cloverdale Recreation Centre and Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex on receiving 2012 BCRPA Facility Excellence Awards. The award recognizes excellence in facility concept, design development, maintenance and operation. These facilities demonstrate outstanding innovation and are making a significant impact in the Recreation and Parks field.

Poirier is also the recipient of a Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence in the buildings category, awarded to IMEC Mechanical and AME Consulting Group, and a Vancouver Regional Construction Association Gold Award of Excellence for Sustainable Construction and Innovation, which was awarded to IMEC Mechanical for the Thermenex thermal energy exchange system.



Watch the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower take shape

A webcam has been set up to show live progress of the construction on the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower site.

The Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower, a project in Joint Venture with Parkin Architects, is the largest healthcare project in the history of British Columbia. The expansion will serve the fastest growing community in the province and is on target for completion in Fall 2014.

Learn more about the Critical Care Tower on the project page.



Concrete pours at Surrey Memorial Hospital

The Journal of Commerce reported on the first concrete pour for the Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower expansion, which took place on July 22, 2011. The project is the largest healthcare expansion in B.C. history. CEI and Parkin Architects are the architectural team on the project, delivered by public-private partnership. Our team is led by EllisDon Constructors.

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