Camosun College is developing a new building for health education on Interurban campus, expected to open in 2019.
The new, flexible, and adaptable Centre for Health and Wellness at Camosun, will feature modern classrooms designed to foster active learning, hands-on labs, simulation environments, support and collaboration spaces, and medical equipment storage. It will bring together the majority of Camosun’s health and human services programming—which now occurs in multiple buildings at Lansdowne campus—and allow a more interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning.
A new centre will help meet the goals of the Ministry of Health’s Service Plan, and its interdisciplinary approach is aligned with the goals of other southern Vancouver Island health and social service agencies, including Island Health. The building itself will adhere to and integrate all provincially mandated construction requirements wherever possible and as represented in the various provincial directives, legislation, and current thinking regarding sustainability.
In January 2017, the Ministry of Advanced Education and the Government of Canada, through its Strategic Development Fund, announced an investment of $43.5 million for the Centre for Health and Wellness. The Camosun College Foundation plans to raise a further $5 million from community and industry donors toward the project.
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“I think health care is moving towards a more collaborative and interdisciplinary model.”
“I’ve learned we can achieve peace if we treat all children with care and respect.”
Sandra Guerra Torres
Early Learning and Care student
“Since the first day I have been engaged, inspired and motivated by all of my instructors.”
Medical Radiography student
Thoughts from the Dean
Dean of the School of Health and Human Services
A new health education building has been “on the books” as a priority for the college for several years. It allows Camosun to continue and, in many ways, improve on what we’ve been doing for the last 45 years. I’m so excited because this is what we need to grow and continue to build on our commitment to improving the health and well-being of the people in the south island region. It also supports our renewed focus on interdisciplinary, Indigenous, and holistic education and practice for students, employees and community members together.
Plans call for collaborative learning spaces, flexible innovative labs including an Early Learning and Care living lab, student study spaces, additional simulation space including a senior’s apartment, and an Indigenous gathering place. As an example: students in Health Care Assistant, Practical Nursing and the BSN program will study side-by-side as well as with students in Medical Radiography and Mental Health and Addictions.
We’ll have leading-edge equipment, classrooms, simulation and labs easily shared between the disciplines. The location at the Interurban campus allows for cross-educational opportunities with all students especially those in Athletic and Exercise Therapy, and Exercise and Wellness.
Project at a glance
Estimated construction cost
- Ministry of Advanced Education
- Federal Government
- Camosun College Foundation donors through fundraising campaign
89,000 square feet
Health building size
- 13,000 sq. ft. classroom spaces
- 16,500 sq. ft. laboratory and simulation spaces
- 3,400 sq. ft. collaboration/commons spaces
- 4,300 sq. ft. teaching clinic spaces
- 14,000 sq. ft. office and medical equipment storage spaces
- Located on Interurban campus adjacent to the Centre for Business & Access and close to the Centre for Sport & Exercise Education housed in the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE).
- A linear shape, organized around a central atrium that forms part of an informal and collaborative learning space, and provides a route through the building to PISE.
- Educational spaces that permit short-term flexibility and long-term adaptability to changes in technology and teaching methods.
- Laboratory space sized and configured appropriately for simulation equipment, and that allows for re-creation of health care scenarios and environments.
- Two-storey entrance and foyer space that can be used for socializing, large-scale gatherings, or presentations to showcase health care.
- Design will incorporate warm, therapeutic, accessible features and meeting spaces to facilitate interdisciplinary, cross-cultural engagement opportunities.
- Built to LEED Gold standard using energy sustainability strategies, including passive exterior solar shades, high-performance exterior materials to minimize heat loss, and lower air conditioning requirements to decrease energy consumption.
- 190 surface parking spaces (underground parking was evaluated, but not found cost effective).
- January 2017
- Funding announcement
- March 2017
- Breaking ground
- May 2017
- Construction of structure begins
- April 2018
- Building envelope completed
- 2019 (TBD)
- Anticipated student occupancy
Exact date to be determined
Planning for new Health building at Interurban focuses on future needs (August 21, 2017)