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Healing Spirit House


As part of the redevelopment of the Riverview Lands in Coquitlam, the Healing Spirit House added more than 110,000 square feet of much-needed healthcare space.

The building is located on the Coquitlam First Nations Group campus, which required a First Nations criteria to be incorporated in the design build project. The features of the facility include academic and recreational spaces, as well as a 38 bedroom residential component. The building also houses two mental health programs: The Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre (provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development), and The Provincial Assessment Centre (provided by Community Living British Columbia).

Smith + Andersen consulted on the electrical, mechanical, audio-visual, communication, and security design. Footprint, a member of the Smith + Andersen Group of companies, was engaged as the sustainability

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Sustainable design measures were implemented in the mechanical scope to lower operating costs. The central heating and cooling plants consisted of high efficiency condensing boilers, and air cooled chillers. A heat recovery chiller was designed to capture waste heat to reheat the building year-round. Provided with 100% outdoor air, the residence wings included wheels that reclaims heat from the washroom and general exhaust. The residence was designed to comply with CSA Standard Z317.1 and Z317.2 for Health Care Facilities for infection control. For the academic and recreational spaces, variable air volume (VAV) boxes were included in the design to moderate the air flow as well as conserve fan energy.


The lighting within the facility included different types of luminaires, and incorporated the latest energy efficient, LED technology. The system used a multitude of lighting controls (daylighting, occupancy sensors, building automated system, and dimmer switches) to provide the optimal light levels throughout the facility. The lighting controls, combined with natural daylighting, are used to provide a safe, warm and comfortable environment for the staff and guests. The lights were designed to comply with the CSA Standard Z317.5-98 Illumination System in Health Care Facilities.


To minimize various risk levels in the facility, the implementation of high security diffusers, grilles, anti-ligature fixtures, and trim were incorporated in the design. Additionally, the security design included the installation of panic/duress systems in all nurse call stations.


Coquitlam, BC

Gross Floor Area

  • 110,276 sq ft

Total Construction Cost

$ 58,000,000

Completion Year