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Interior Heart and Surgical Centre

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Kelowna, BC
Building Structure Type:
Interior Health Authority
HDR | CEI Architecture Associates Inc.
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Number of Storeys:
152,000 sq. ft.

The $75M Interior Heart and Surgical Centre (IHSC) in Kelowna is the newest addition to the Kelowna General Hospital, and provides a permanent home for the hospital’s cardiac program. The Centre also provides a state of the art surgical unit, combined with a cardiac revascularization program. The four-storey facility is home to 15 large state-of-the-art operating rooms, including two dedicated cardiac operating rooms and a hybrid operating room—just the second of its kind in the province. The building also includes surgical support services, the cardiac surgical intensive care unit, a new and expanded central sterilization medical device reprocessing department, and a pre and post-operative care unit.

Certified LEED® Gold, the building showcases the use of BC timber products in a healthcare setting, in accordance with BC’s Wood First Act. Wood is used extensively throughout the facility as both a structural and a decorative element, promoting a warm and natural aesthetic that supports the form and function of the Centre as a facility dedicated to the healing and well-being of its patients and medical staff.

This building was incorporated between numerous adjoining buildings in the Kelowna Hospital precinct. The exterior wall consisted of horizontal bands of thermally broken glazing and a variety of exterior insulated cladding materials on thermally broke girts. The base of the building was clad with brick, while the upper portions were clad with panels of treated cedar. Metal panels with a wood grain finish were used where limited by proximity to existing buildings.

LEED® Gold certified