The new long-term care home at Humber River Hospital’s Finch Campus in Toronto is among the first of four projects delivered under the Province of Ontario’s new Accelerated Build Pilot Program. It advances an aggressive agenda set out by the government to improve IPAC performance, increase operational efficiency and better the resident experience in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 6-storey building, located directly east of the existing Reactivation Care Center, accommodates 320 beds. It is oriented towards the busy Finch and Oakdale intersection for intuitive wayfinding. Its main entrance is made visible by a significant projection in the building massing that creates a porch condition across the front elevation. The porch not only serves to animate the building’s street frontage but provides a sheltered outdoor space from which residents can enjoy the street life beyond. The building plan is organized around two enclosed courtyards. The ground floor features a variety of common social, recreational and respite spaces. Many of these spaces have direct access to corresponding outdoor areas. Upper floors are dedicated to bedrooms, dining facilities and smaller, shared lounge spaces with outdoor terraces. Outside, the material makeup of the building gives it a distinctly residential expression that complements the existing campus composition. Tall windows, particularly at the ground floor level, reveal important program elements, bolster indoor-outdoor connections, and animate the building facades. Inside, variations in scale and character help differentiate the different experiences the home offers. The courtyards work to augment daylighting in Resident Home Areas and critical program spaces like the dialysis suite and staff respite room.
Long Term Care