SURREY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
CHILD + ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRIC STABILIZATION UNIT

Child + Adolescent And Psychiatric Stabilization Unit - Surrey Memorial Hospital / Kirsten Reite Architecture

Surrey Memorial Hospital Child + Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization

Client / Fraser Health Authority

Location / Surrey, Canada

Completion / 2017

Architecture / KRA

Interior Design / KRA

Construction Management / Kinetic Construction

Photography / Andrew Latreille


Surrey Memorial Hospital’s new state-of-the art Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit (CAPSU) provides 24 hour, 7 days a week inpatient unit for short stay care for youth ages 6 to 17 who are experiencing acute psychiatric problems. CAPSU was British Columbia’s largest and most progressive facility, tripling the province’s capacity to provide care to children and adolescents in crisis.

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Child + Adolescent And Psychiatric Stabilization Unit - Surrey Memorial Hospital / Kirsten Reite Architecture

The new CAPSU accommodates rooms for children and adolescents in separate zones, spaces for leisure, comfort and seclusion, a communal dining space, and a family-friendly waiting room. The design of the CAPSU employs acoustics and dimmable lighting to create a home-like, stable environment with minimal visual stimulation and a calming mural motif (designed by Signals Design Group) where patients and families will feel safe, secure, and in good hands.

Child + Adolescent And Psychiatric Stabilization Unit - Surrey Memorial Hospital / Kirsten Reite Architecture
Child + Adolescent And Psychiatric Stabilization Unit - Surrey Memorial Hospital / Kirsten Reite Architecture

The unit’s Snoezelen Room, a multi-sensory environment used to help reduce agitation and anxiety and stimulate and encourage communication, is one of the first of its kind for children and youth in a hospital psychiatric unit in Canada.

Child + Adolescent And Psychiatric Stabilization Unit - Surrey Memorial Hospital / Kirsten Reite Architecture
Child + Adolescent And Psychiatric Stabilization Unit - Surrey Memorial Hospital / Kirsten Reite Architecture
Child + Adolescent And Psychiatric Stabilization Unit - Surrey Memorial Hospital / Kirsten Reite Architecture

This project was the winner of an Award of Excellence in the Institutional Category of the Fraser Valley Commercial Building Awards.