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The Greta and Robert H.N. Ho Psychiatry and Education Centre (HOpe Centre)

Photo by Bob Matheson

IBI Group designed the strategic master plan for Lions Gate Hospital campus to accommodate services up to 2040. The first phase of the master plan included implementation of the new Greta & Robert H.N. Ho Psychiatry & Education Centre.

Strategic Group
Vancouver, BC
150,000 sq ft Size
4 Storeys
2015 Completed

The Greta and Robert H.N. Psychiatry and Education Centre (HOpe Centre) features a modern architectural design that provides a bold statement on mental health. Warm and inviting yet architecturally striking, the HOpe Centre creates a comforting and attractive ambiance for its patients and residents, while announcing itself as a facility at the forefront of patient care for mental health issues.

An important aspect of the design of the HOpe Centre was to break down the conceptual barriers surrounding mental health. The building was designed to be inviting by connecting to the urban fabric with the use of open working environments and a large roof garden, while maintaining privacy and confidentiality.

The building design allows for separation between functions and the various client/patient populations, while keeping patient security and privacy at the forefront. A patient-operated coffee shop, sacred space, and resource centre are a few of the public spaces incorporated to make the HOpe Centre inviting for both visitors and patients. The facility also houses the Djavad Mowafaghian University of British Columbia Medical Education Centre to design and implement community-based mental health programs.

The IBI team aimed to develop a strategic site development and facility plan enabling Vancouver Coastal Health to realize efficient service delivery, optimize use of the site and facility, as well as maximize the full build-out capacity of the site to accommodate service requirements beyond the year 2030.

Photo by Bob Matheson

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Tony Gill

Global Director, P3 Buildings
Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, BC

Tony Gill is Global Director, P3 Buildings. He is an architect and member of the Architectural Institute of BC, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, National Council of Architectural Registration Board, and the American Institute of Architects. He has extensive experience in the design and management of specialized institutional, high-tech facilities, protective services, and healthcare facilities. His focus has been on designing facilities with complex functional and building system requirements; in particular, he specializes in healthcare master planning, programming, medical planning, and strategic planning. He has managed facilities procured as design-bid-build, design-build, and design-bid-maintain-finance-operate (Public-Private Partnerships).

Tony has a Master of Science degree in architecture and urban design from Columbia University.

Doug McLachlan

Associate Director - Practice Lead, Architecture
Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, BC

Doug McLachlan’s professional experience includes project management, master planning, medical planning, and construction document production for various projects. As Project Manager for several master planning and renovation projects, he leads the coordination and production of indicative design drawings and output specifications, has involvement leading several user group meetings, and overseeing production of a facilities assessment report. Doug is also immersed in managing and producing schematic design drawings, working drawings, and specifications, as well as performing construction administration services.