Opened in 2017, the Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre represents a major advance for mental health and substance use care in British Columbia.
The eight-storey mental health and substance use facility on the Vancouver General Hospital campus is set to provide a unique, healing environment for patients suffering from schizophrenia, depression, mood disorders and other acute mental health conditions.
Seamless and Consistent Care Under One Roof
The 100-bed centre – the largest facility of its kind in the province – will bring a variety of services under one roof, including inpatient and outpatient care, outreach programmes and addiction services. Integrated in this way, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority is geared to provide patients with seamless and consistent care as they move from hospital life back into the community.
Engineering Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre
WSP has played a role on this innovative project from an early stage, providing project management services for planning, design and procurement of the 11,000 sq m2 facility. In tune with the patient-centred philosophy of the new centre, patients, families, physicians, UBC Research Institute and staff were all consulted during the design process.
The result combines therapeutic treatment areas with plenty of natural light to create a bright and welcoming environment. All rooms will be private and have en-suite bathrooms, and every floor has access to outdoors, quiet space for reading and meditating. In recognition of the role of the outdoors in promoting wellbeing, the LEED Gold-rated design includes a public park and rooftop gardens for patient gardening. The centre, which also has dedicated family and visitor space, will easily be able to expand in future, with built-in capacity for two additional floors.
Acting as the owner’s representative and project manager, our team has overseen the strategic planning and business case development as well as the indicative design and design-build procurement phases of the project. Working closely with a range of stakeholders, we kept the schedule and budget on track, helping to ensure this vision for an integrated, therapeutic environment becomes reality as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.