Providence Health Care has selected a design and construction team for the new Clinical Support and Research Centre (CSRC) at St Paul’s Hospital in British Columbia (BC), Canada. 

CSRC will serve as a hub for research and integrated healthcare and is a key part of St Paul’s Hospital, located on the Jim Pattison Medical Campus in Vancouver. 

Diamond Schmitt Architects and Kirsten Reite Architecture have been appointed as the prime consultant team to lead the CSRC’s design while PCL Construction will manage the construction, overseeing both pre-construction and construction activities.  

These companies were said to have been chosen after a competitive request-for-proposals process. 

Spanning around 34,400m², the new centre will be connected to the new St Paul’s Hospital by a sky-bridge, which is currently under construction.  

CSRC will include key research centres, speciality physician practices and corporate services space.  

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It will also include a 49-space childcare centre, supported by the ChildCare BC New Spaces Program. 

The centre’s design aims to foster collaborative spaces to promote scientific discourse and information-sharing across its 12 stories. 

Once open, CSRC will integrate research and clinical practice, while providing training opportunities and space for prototyping, incubating start-ups, fostering discoveries, and translating them from lab to market. 

Diamond Schmitt Architects principal Don Schmitt said: “The design approach to St. Paul’s Hospital’s new CSRC creates a gateway to healthcare campus.  

“Designed as an innovation hub focused on providing flexible clinical spaces and lab spaces to support advancements in life sciences research and cross-disciplinary collaborations, the centre is also envisioned as a community hub and crossroads.  

“A new civic plaza, large outdoor terraces on upper floors and interconnected spaces will enhance accessibility and establish a truly integrated health care facility – a vibrant place of science and social activity in downtown Vancouver.” 

Construction of the new facility is being supported by the BC government’s investment of C$638m ($473.9m) allocated for research and clinical support centres in 2023.  

Other key funding sources include Providence, St Paul’s Foundation, and the ChildCare BC New Spaces Program.