Blusson Spinal Cord Centre

Project Value: $45 Million
Architects: Stantec
Project Status: completed in 2008

Darren was part of the Project Management team of this state-of-the-art medical research facility dedicated to the development and translation of more effective strategies to promote prevention, functional recovery, and improved quality of life after spinal cord injury. Located at Vancouver General Hospital in the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, ICORD is supported by UBC Faculty of Medicine and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. The facility was designed to be of high accessibility to people with physical disabilities, exceeding beyond the minimum requirements of the British Columbia Building Code. The glass atrium houses its main feature, which is a ramp that is 200 metres long with a 5% incline. Unique spaces include a vivarium, a “living lab”, clinical investigations and rehabilitation research, rehabilitation research space and the Rick Hansen Institute headquarters. The goal of the design team was to eliminate handicaps by creating a building so universally accessible it would not need the ubiquitous blue wheelchair signs distinguishing accessible features from those that are not.