George Brown College, Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences

Urban catalyst and economic engine for Interprofessional, integrated healthcare

The project consolidates George Brown College’s Schools of Dental Health, Health and Wellness, Health Services Management, and Nursing into a single, purpose-built facility for 3,500 students and 500 faculty with simulation labs, assessment clinics and amenities. It responds to a national initiative to shift the delivery of healthcare services to be more team-based and patient-centered, using the Interprofessional Education (IPE) pedagogy.

The vertical campus typology is reimagined as a continuous ‘learning landscape’ with 40% of the program for the public realm. The scale, massing and expression is inspired by the nautical forms and shapes associated with the shipping industry. The design emphasizes resilience and flexibility, light-filled spaces and views to the waterfront.

The LEED Gold certified design fulfills Master Developer Waterfront Toronto’s goals including economic and sustainable development and street animation, inclusive of the main entrance scaled and located to accommodate the 4,000+ people arriving and departing via public transit.

The design is actively facilitating George Brown’s goals “to catch up to labour demand”. Two years after opening, its enrollment is at capacity. The amenities are creating new revenue streams and simulation centers have catalyzed new partnerships with other healthcare providers. The building has established George Brown as a catalyst to the emerging East Bayfront neighborhood. It is actively achieving goals to train students in the IPE pedagogy and establishing the College as a leader in reshaping healthcare education.

location

Toronto, Ontario

client

George Brown College

architects

Stantec Architecture and KPMB Architects, Architects in Joint Venture

completion

2012

size

346,000 s.f.

project type

Education, Healthcare

Full Project Credits

Learning Landscape with view looking east towards East Bayfront precinct

Entrance courtyard

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