ROYAL OTTAWA HOSPITAL
ARCHITECT: Parkin Architects Ltd in joint venture with Adamson Associates Architects & Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects.
DESIGN LEADERSHIP: Michael Poitras, Partner-in-Charge of Design, Adamson
COMPETITION: Private/Public Partnership (P3) – First Place
CLIENT: Healthcare Infrastructure Company of Canada
- Research, Education, Administration & Auditorium: 7 storeys
- Inpatient/Outpatient buildings: 3 storeys
- Total floor area: 400,000 ft2 (37,160 m2)
- Surface Parking: 214 (including 3 barrier-free)
- Curtain wall
- Buff brick
- Silver prefinished metal panels
- Cedar wood landscape walls
- Outdoor landscaping
- Research, education & 200-seat auditorium
- Administrative & outpatient services
- Inpatient services include: forensic, mood/anxiety disorders, geriatrics, child/youth services, substance abuse, intensive assessment, schizophrenia
- 200 inpatient beds
- Loading docks: 4
Simultaneously, nine three-storey, “house-like” in-patient/out-patient buildings, with specialized programs, have merged with the adjacent park, by weaving their staggered, parallel bars into the surrounding natural environment. Constructed of warm, earth-toned buff brick, these long, linear buildings incorporate numerous courtyards, allowing patients safe year-round access to the outdoors.
An extra challenge faced with this project was an aggressive two-year construction schedule, whereby all existing facilities had to remain operational throughout the building process, with demolition of the existing facility only commencing when the new hospital was up and running. As a completed project, the Royal Ottawa Hospital shows both sides of its face, from city-focussed glass research education tower, to garden-entrenched patient housing, effectively expressing the dichotomy of the building’s programs and its diverse site conditions.