Toronto – A rehabilitation and complex care hospital in Toronto has received a prestigious Good Design is Good Business Award from Architectural Record magazine.
The award recognizes Bridgepoint Active Healthcare both for architectural excellence as well as for how the design translates into enhancing patient and employee well being, improving community relations and, ultimately, “boosting the client’s bottom line,” said the jury in its remarks.
Supporting the business case for Bridgepoint were the results of a rigorous Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) to measure and assess the effect of architecture on well-being and health outcomes. For this, Bridgepoint was an exemplar for evidence-based design to demonstrate substantive outcomes related to the capital investment, a finding that will contribute to international research in the field of healthcare design. Key among the study’s results was a drop in the length of average patient stay by 20 percent since the facility opened three years ago, representing considerable cost savings as well as allowing Bridgepoint to care for that many more patients.
This 680,000-square-fot facility provides increased ambulatory space for outpatient and community programming in a setting that defines the salutogenic approach to healthcare at Bridgepoint. Connecting with nature and in a large downtown park setting, the facility provides abundant natural light in patient care areas, spectacular views of the city and conveys a sense, through its design, of empowering patients in their own recovery. The project incorporates the historic Don Jail (1860), which has been preserved and restored as the hospital’s administrative centre.
The Good Design is Good Business Award, now in its 19th year, selected only 10 projects from a pool of worldwide entries. To read the analysis on Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, please click here:
This is Diamond Schmitt Architects’ sixth Good Design is Good Business Award. Previous recipient projects are The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, The Harman Centre for the Arts in Washington, D.C., Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake, The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, and Daniels Spectrum, also in Toronto, which won last year.
Bridgepoint is a design collaboration between Stantec Architecture / KPMB Architects, Planning, Design and Compliance Architects, and HDR Architecture / Diamond Schmitt Architects, Design, Build, Finance and Maintain Architects.
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is based in Toronto with an international reputation for design excellence and sustainable design solutions. An extensive portfolio includes academic buildings, performing arts centres, libraries, residential and commercial buildings. Equally extensive is work completed for the healthcare sector, with life science facilities, research laboratories and hospitals.