Situated at the corner of Oak Street and West 12th Avenue in Vancouver, the $95 million Vancouver General Hospital Outpatient Clinic features an array of specialty and teaching clinics, medical education facilities, and research laboratories.
Structural challenges in the design of this building were tackled by Glotman•Simpson. Built primarily of concrete, this medical facility makes use of post-tensioning and a full height transfer beam to provide for the open space required for the lecture hall. Structurally challenging because of the numerous mechanical ducts required for the laboratories and non-standard sized built up members, the building required long spans as well as drop panels. Architectural features of the building include a striking steel atrium and cantilevered northwest end.
The facility houses the UBC Faculty of Medicine, comprised of several hundred medical students and over 500 medical and allied professionals, and includes a lecture theatre, the UBC Biomedical Branch Library, and the UBC William Boyd Museum.
This 11 storey, 365,000 square foot building is one of BC’s first private-public partnerships in the healthcare sector.
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