A historical beacon of health and care in Vancouver, British Columbia, St. Paul’s Hospital is dedicated to embracing and serving the community’s physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs through compassionate care, teaching, and research. But now, the hospital, which has served Vancouver for over 125 years, will be undergoing perhaps the most extensive hospital redevelopment in the province’s history, increasing access to specialized care for the province and deepening its ties to the community it serves.
The new hospital will offer 548 beds—115 more than the current—and will provide general and specialized care, including emergency and critical care, ambulatory services and outpatient clinics, chronic disease management services, HIV/AIDS care, mental health beds and programs, end-of-life care, indigenous healthcare services, maternity services, and community outreach programs. Also housed there will be several provincial programs and referral centers for heart and lung care, renal, eating disorders, and specialty surgeries and transplants.
Designed for the Community it Serves
Resiliency will be a core focus for the patient-centered campus, as well as sustainability and keeping patients healthy and cared for within their community. As such, the new facility will be integrated within the community it serves through parks, plazas, and infrastructure such as bike paths and public transit.
As it is also being built on unceded land from the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-WAututh First Nations band government in British Columbia, the spirit of the land, along with the culture and values of the local Nations of the territory, will also be reflected across the campus as a whole, including the All Nations Sacred Space and Traditional Healing Garden.
The design-build project team includes builder PCL Construction (Edmonton, Canada) and architects HDR (Vancouver) in collaboration with Stantec (Edmonton). The project is expected to wrap up in 2026 and cost $1.9 billion USD. Upon completion the building will occupy over 2 million square-feet.
Another version of this article previously appeared in Healthcare Design Magazine.