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A new health and learning centre takes shape on the banks of Bear Creek

Grande Prairie, Alberta


The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital will provide patient care services to the community including in-patient units with a 200-bed capacity, outpatient ambulatory care, emergency, diagnostics, ambulatory care, obstetrics, surgery, pediatrics, acute geriatrics, mental health and intensive care. The new facility will also include a regional cancer treatment centre and the integration of a Health Training Centre, which supports the Grande Prairie Regional College.

Key Components

The structure is organized into four main components: the Diagnostic and Treatment block, the In-Patient Unit wings, the Education Administration block, and the main service and circulation spine.


In-Patient Units fan out in three Y shaped wings. These wings will be connected at the ends to the adjacent IPUs. The unique shape was adopted for many strategic reasons - the relationship of the site to Bear Creek, to provide fast patient, visitor and staff access between units and to maximize patient views from the bedrooms to Bear Creek or the Internal Courtyards. Every room has a exterior window view to enhance patient comfort and create a more therapeutic healing environment. This unique form also results in a very efficient floor plate and minimizes area.

Critical Care

The Diagnostic and Treatment block will contain the major acute and critical care components of the hospital. On level 1, the main Entrance, Registration, and the Auditorium are at the north end, while the Emergency and Diagnostic Imaging components are at the south end at the separate Emergency public entrance adjacent to the helipad. Level 2 contains the Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Diagnostics, Site Administration, Allied Health and Foundation offices. Level 3 contains Day Surgery, Pre Op Holding, Surgical Suites and Post Anesthesia Recovery.

Educational Connection

The Education Administration block will consist of Ambulatory Clinics on the main floor, and the Grande Prairie Regional College education component on levels 2 and 3. It provides programming flexibility to allow for close collaboration and on-site training for students at the GPRC nursing program in the hospital itself. This block is distinct, yet tied to the rest of the Diagnostic and Treatment block. The second floor is devoted to GPRC classrooms and teaching labs.

Project facts

Size: 62,000 sq. m.
Services: Architecture, Interior Design, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Planning and Landscape, Structural Engineering
Collaborators : Agnew Peckham, RMC, ISL, MMM, Field & Field
Builder: Graham Construction
Client: Alberta Infrastructure
Estimated Completion: 2019

Achievements & Awards

Best in BIM, CanBIM

Interoperability Award, CanBIM