This is the next phase of redevelopment of the VGH campus, and unusually there’s already been a groundbreaking ceremony before the final design approvals have been issued. That’s partly because it already has an approved Development Permit from 2013, and because philanthropists Joseph and Rosalie Segal have made a lead gift of $12 million, and they want to see it built. VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and its corporate and private donors committed another $13 million and the BC government have committed around $57 million. The Joe & Rosalie Segal Family Centre will consolidate multiple existing mental health services and programs that are currently distributed over several buildings at Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Hospital. Designed by Parkin Architects, (a Toronto company looking to gain traction in the west) the eight storey acute care facility will have 100 in-patient beds as well as outpatient facilities.
The first version (before the final design contract) was designed by dys architects, and the new version shows some changes, including larger windows, and got unanimous support from the Urban Design Panel. The building is the latest proposal to renew the VGH campus, and will sit behind the Blusson Pavilion (with the spiral wheelchair ramp) and close to the recently renovated Willow Pavilion. It is already scheduled for an April Development Permit Board meeting.