Langley Memorial Hospital Emergency Department

Langley Memorial Hospital Emergency Department

Client  ·  Fraser Health Authority
Location  ·  Langley, BC, Canada
Completion  ·  2021

Architecture  ·  KRA
Interior Design  ·  KRA
Construction Management  ·  EllisDon

The new Langley Memorial Hospital Emergency Department opened its doors in May 2021. The project is a one-storey addition to expand the existing ED and will help provide better access to critical care for the fast-growing population in this community.

KRA was retained by Lower Mainland Facilities Management to undergo architectural design services for the expansion of the Emergency as well as the new Main Entrance creating a new entry point to the site.

The new ED expansion was the second largest in a series of five projects throughout the Lower Mainland being implemented in 2016/2017 to adopt a new flexible service model to support patient streaming as well as standardization across Fraser Health. This concept embraces reducing large waiting rooms, promotes one-way flow of patients from check-in to discharge, address the unique needs of mental health patients, as well as creates clearer distinction and assignment to zoned treatment areas based on the Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale standards. The result of this new addition enables improved health service delivery at Langley Memorial Hospital as part of an integrated plan to address the short- and long-term needs of the site and the population served by the hospital.

Program for the new ED included five treatment zones defined by level of acuity to include Zone 1: Acute, Zone 2: Sub-Acute, Zone 3: Fast-track, Zone 4: Pediatric, and Zone 5: Mental Health and Substance Use.

The building welcomes abundant natural daylight through the use of a 20′ high central spine with expansive clerestory windows acting as a main street connecting the five treatment zones. The waiting rooms for each zone are located just off of the central spine accessing plenty of borrowed natural daylight.

The accent colours used within the Emergency Department are specific to the different treatment zones and support patient wayfinding. Each of the five treatment Zones is colour coded for ease of navigation with the colours being used in the flooring materials, furniture, and interior graphics.

Situated within the hospital’s new main entrance, the new lobby connects directly with the former main lobby. As a result, KRA’s objective was to ensure a smooth transition between these areas.  As the team had recently completed the new MRI Unit on site, in addition to the new ED, the team aimed to integrate design elements from both departments into the lobby. This approach was intended to establish a unified aesthetic for Langley Memorial Hospital.  The design of the new lobby, characterized by wood slats and a graphic mural, reflects elements from the ED. Additionally, a vertical fluted texture extends onto the façade of the reception desks, mirroring the design of the MRI reception area.

The personality of the building complements the vocabulary of the existing buildings on the hospital’s campus through the use of brick. A push and pull brick pattern, inspired by the surrounding Garibaldi mountain range was integrated into the running bond creating a dynamic architectural façade.

Photography  by Andrew Latreille