Langley Memorial Hospital MRI

Langley Memorial Hospital MRI

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

Architecture  ·  KRA
Interior Design  ·  KRA
Construction Management  ·  KDS Construction

The MRI project at Langley Memorial Hospital is comprised an expansion to accommodate the new MRI and all associated services. The MRI suite became fully operational on Jan. 4, 2021, providing patients with access to a more seamless experience, with care and diagnostics in one location.

Given the MRI’s 24/7 functionality, much attention was paid to the quality of the interior environment to ensure the space is tranquil and calm for patients and staff at all hours. Safety for patients and staff is also paramount in this project with careful consideration being made to security solutions for after-hours access.

A consideration within the MRI suite was the powerful magnetic field of the MRI machine. This necessitated millwork units abstain from using hardware made of ferromagnetic materials and informed the pattern in the floor design. Each of the radial shapes around the MRI machine denoted varying levels of magnetic field strength.

Additionally, this also informed the ceiling feature within the space. As many light fixtures feature components that would be incompatible with the magnetic field, the design team devised a calming ceiling feature that made use of LED strip lighting.

The outcome was a serene environment, reminiscent of a spa, with beach motifs informing the selection of finishes and environmental graphics across the space.

The exterior facade of the building employs a similar design expression as the new Emergency Department expansion (also completed by KRA), contributing to fresh, modern, and updated appearance to the front entry for Langley Memorial Hospital.

Prior to the new MRI project, KRA was tasked with developing a business case for the Emergency Department at Langley Memorial Hospital. Upon completion, KRA undertook several redevelopment projects at LMH, including the new MRI, the new Emergency Department Redevelopment, and new Main Entrance and Lobby. These projects were staged to allow for the 24/7 operations in the hospital and existing departments seamlessly.

Photography  Janis Nicolay