Sechelt Hospital

Sechelt Hospital wins Gold Green Building Award

Sechelt Hospital

Sechelt Hospital (Shishalh Hospital) has just taken the top honour for greenest hospital in Canada, winning gold in the 2016 Green Building Review released by Corporate Knights, The Magazine for Clean Capitalism.

Recognized in the review of hospitals across Canada, is Sechelt (Shishalh) Hospitals’ 125 boreholes for zero-carbon energy for the heating and cooling of the building; patient viewscapes; local wood and landscape elements; design goal of being North America’s first ever carbon-neutral hospital.

Sunshine Coasters say: “Of course Sechelt Hospital did!”

Coasties will not be surprised. From the day the ground broke on this rebuild/expansion of the old St. Mary’s Hospital locals could see something amazing taking shape – this after a phenomenal local fundraising effort and the continued herculean efforts of the stoic ladies of the Hospital Auxiliary, who continues to churn out almost half a million dollars every year from the downtown Sechelt thrift store.

The gorgeous totems carved by Shishalh carvers Tony Paul and Dion Louie welcome all into the lovely lobby of the new Sechelt Hospital, where a mural by Shishalh artist Shain Jackson overlooks the light-filled entrance from high up the interior wall.

I remember watching the oblong main wing building into itself and thinking, this doesn’t look like any hospital I’ve ever seen. It’s probably the third time in almost 30 years of living here that a local public building has earned the word ‘architecture’ from me – the first two being the RCMP/Justice building on Teredo & Shornecliffe, and the Ebbtide Wastewater Treatment Centre, both in Sechelt.

Other finalist hospitals in Canada on the Corporate Knights’ winning Green Buildings list:

  • St. Joseph’s Healthcare West 5th Campus, Hamilton Ontario (Silver)
  • Bridgepoint Hospital, Toronto (Bronze)

Coasties will recognize the depth of the honour given our tiny population and geographical isolation compared to the other finalists.

I asked Gerry Latham, Chair of the Sechelt Hospital Foundation, what winning the award meant for the hospital, and Sechelt.
“The Sechelt Hospital Foundation, one of the funding partners of the Sechelt Hospital expansion, are extremely proud and pleased that the Sechelt Hospital has been selected as the greenish hospital in Canada. This award along with 2015’s Sustainable Architecture and Building Award of Excellence and the 2014 top awards in the Use of Art in Patient Environment and International Sustainable Design, at the annual Design & Health International Academy Awards, honours all the individuals and agency’s who dedicated years to the planning and completion of this project which enhances the patient experience and ultimately contributes to the quality of care for the patients.”

Yet another great reason to live on the Sunshine Coast – a commitment to green principles.

And congratulations to the stunning VanDusen Botanical Garden and Visitor Centre for taking gold for the incredibly beautiful entrance and main building.


Corporate Knights 2016 Green Building Awards, all categories
Expert Panel & Review Methodology
About Sechelt Hospital from Vancouver Coastal Health
VCH St. Mary’s Hospital Expansion Case Study (PDF) *fantastic photography

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