The next phase of redevelopment of the VGH campus is just wrapping up construction. Unusually there was a groundbreaking ceremony before the final design approvals had been issued. That’s partly because it already had an approved Development Permit from 2013, and because philanthropists Joseph and Rosalie Segal have made a lead gift of $12 million, and they wanted to see it built. VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and its corporate and private donors committed another $13 million and the BC government added around $57 million. The Joe & Rosalie Segal Family Centre consolidates multiple existing mental health services and programs that were 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 has 100 in-patient beds as well as outpatient facilities.
The first version (shown right – before the final design contract) was designed by dys architects, and the built version shows some changes, including larger windows. It 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.