Thunder Bay Hospital
This hospital has been described by the Canadian Medical Journal as "one of the most architecturally advanced hospitals in the world."
The 650,000 square foot, 375-bed acute care facility includes acute care services, forensic mental health, a helicopter pad and base hospital facilities to service North Western Ontario. The complex also includes the 68,000 square foot North Western Ontario Regional Cancer Centre.
This project was the first to use skylights within cancer radiation treatment bunkers in Canada, as well as the first to use wood as a major structural element within the main atrium space. For the first time in Ontario, a fog fire suppression system was used to allow the use of Glulam in a hospital. This project was essential to the further use of Glulam in hospital applications. Additionally, budget pricing demonstrated that Glulam was a less expensive material than steel (including fire suppression).
Architect : Farrow Partners (formerly Salter Farrow Pilon Architects Inc.)