October 18, 2009
by Canadian Architect
Bridgepoint Health, Canada’s leader in the prevention and management of complex chronic disease, and Infrastructure Ontario have partnered with Plenary Health to design, build, finance and maintain a new hospital specifically designed for patients affected by multiple, lifelong illnesses, such as advanced diabetes with complications, renal failure, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, stroke and other chronic diseases.
As part of the Plenary Health Team, Diamond and Schmitt Architects in association with HDR Architects has designed a revitalized medical campus comprised of the new Bridgepoint Hospital and the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation to be located in the renovated Don Jail. “We believe in the restorative power of good design,” said Gregory Colucci, Diamond and Schmitt Architects. “It is as essential to our well being as are food and rest. For Bridgepoint Health we have designed a hospital that will rehabilitate bodies, restore courage and lift spirits.”
The new Bridgepoint Hospital will be a 10-storey 680,000-square-foot facility that will incorporate:
* increased ambulatory care space for outpatients and community programming
* abundant natural light and spectacular views of the city, Riverdale Park and surrounding communities
* double the number of patient lounges
* more room for specialized wheelchairs
* bright, open dining rooms and common areas for visitors
* new areas open to the public including a cafeteria, auditorium, library, internet café, rooftop garden, labyrinth terrace and 12,000 square feet of retail space
* environmentally sustainable features targeting LEED certification
The Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation will be located in the historic Don Jail. The heritage building will be preserved and restored to house a vibrant world-class centre for education, research and innovation, and will be open to the public for the first time since 1977 with interpretive displays in the rotunda and some cells and gallows preserved for historical interest.
The new Bridgepoint Hospital and renovated Don Jail are scheduled to open in 2013.