Bridge­point Ac­tive Health­care - Toronto

Modern Healthcare - - DESIGN AWARDS -

TYPE OF FA­CIL­ITY Con­tin­u­ing care/re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion

PLAN­NING, DE­SIGN AND Stan­tec Ar­chi­tec­ture/KPMB

COM­PLI­ANCE AR­CHI­TECTS Ar­chi­tects joint ven­ture

DE­SIGN, BUILD, FI­NANCE HDR/Di­a­mond Sch­mitt

AND MAIN­TAIN AR­CHI­TECTS Ar­chi­tects joint ven­ture


COM­PLETED April 2013

SIZE 764,000 square feet

CON­STRUC­TION COST $378 mil­lion


Pa­tients treated at the 10-story Bridge­point Ac­tive Health­care fa­cil­ity in Toronto typ­i­cally stay for about three months. With that in mind, much of the project is de­signed to in­spire its re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion-ther­apy pa­tients and those with mul­ti­ple chronic dis­eases or dis­abil­i­ties to shape their health out­comes by stay­ing ac­tive and so­cial­iz­ing. Bridge­point of­fers com­mu­nal din­ing rooms, a ther­apy pool, rooftop gar­dens, an out­door fifth-floor ter­race and other gath­er­ing points.

The hos­pi­tal in­cludes a ren­o­vated fa­cil­ity that is now serv­ing a much dif­fer­ent pur­pose than it was orig­i­nally built for in 1864. “I loved how the Bridge­point project used the old jail for their ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices,” said de­sign awards judge Ni­cholas Te­jeda. “They were able to pre­serve his­tory while us­ing it for a prac­ti­cal pur­pose. That was re­mark­able.”

Land­scap­ing is de­signed to blend the hos­pi­tal prop­erty with an ad­ja­cent city park. The ground floor also in­cludes a pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble “ur­ban porch,” another fea­ture in the de­sign meant to en­cour­age pa­tients to get out of their rooms and so­cial­ize.

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