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Canadian Architect Magazine recognizes planned HIV hospital redevelopment for innovation at design stage

TORONTO, December 11, 2013 – Casey House’s new building, designed by Siamak Hariri of the firm Hariri Pontarini Architects, has won a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence. The award is being presented for the planned redevelopment and expansion of the new HIV/AIDS health care facility at the corner of Jarvis and Isabella Streets in downtown Toronto. The award has been announced in a special awards issue of Canadian Architect Magazine this month (read magazine’s announcement here).

This national award, selected by a jury comprised of peer architects from Canada and the USA, recognises excellence in design for architectural projects by registered Canadian architects. These projects can be located in Canada or abroad; however, this award program is specifically for projects that are not yet substantially complete. Hariri Pontarini Architects is the only practice to receive two Awards of Excellence this year: the firm’s design for the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto is also a recipient.

“[Casey House is] a phenomenal project” that “responds to the heritage context with an addition that is decidedly modern,” the jurors said. They also noted that “the imaginative way in which the architects have organized spaces facing into the interior courtyard is very contemplative, peaceful, and respectful of the residents.”

The redevelopment of Casey House is slated to go to tender in 2014, breaking ground later in the year and opening its doors in late 2016. Plans include renovating the historic mansion currently on the site and connecting it with an environmentally advanced, state-of-the-art new hospital structure that will house fourteen sub-acute patient rooms, along with a variety of outpatient supportive health services. The new facility will allow for the introduction of a substantial HIV/AIDS Day Health Program which is a key element of a new model of care of chronic diseases, one that could be emulated elsewhere in the province and in other parts of Canada.

The proposed design will be constructed to focus on client care and comfort. A courtyard at the heart of the building will be a private sanctuary for clients in order to promote healing and emotional well-being, with a building design that grants sufficient space to client and administrative areas, reception, a dining room, communal spaces, basement, parking and storage. The proposed schematic design for the four-storey building will provide approximately 60,000 square feet of space to house the Day Health Program (which will serve a roster of 200 registered clients) as well as 14 private bedrooms (12 regular care and 2 respite beds) as well as staff who provide home care and outreach services.

“The need for HIV/AIDS services continues to grow in its scale and complexity in Toronto,” says Stephanie Karapita, Chief Executive Officer of Casey House. “Casey House was founded 25 years ago in response to the emerging crisis of HIV/AIDS and to this day, we’re continuing to respond to the maturing epidemic. We’re very excited that this new space will enable us to double our capacity, with services that are targeted and highly appropriate for the diverse population of people in Toronto who require advanced HIV/AIDS health care.”

“The new building will integrate seamlessly within the neighbourhood, while offering a warm, safe and welcoming environment with privacy, mobility, flexibility, accessibility and control,” says Siamak Hariri, the lead architect for the project. “This project embodies a new way of thinking about health care and the treatment of HIV/AIDS.”

Read about the Casey House Redevelopment Project here

About Casey House
Marking 25 years of compassionate care in our community, Casey House is a specialty HIV/AIDS hospital with community programming including home care and outreach programs. Our mission is to provide exemplary treatment, support and palliative care for people affected by HIV/AIDS, in collaboration with our communities.

About Hariri Pontarini Architects
Hariri Pontarini Architects is an award-winning, full-service architectural practice based in Toronto. Founded in 1994 by Siamak Hariri and David Pontarini, the practice has delivered a broad range of institutional, commercial and residential projects, libraries, schools and academic buildings for a wide variety of clients. The practice is best known for award-winning projects including the McKinsey & Company Headquarters and the Schulich School of Business at York University. They have been recognised in over 50 awards programs including the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture, the International Property Awards, OAA and Canadian Architect Awards on numerous occasions, the Progressive Architecture Award, and earlier this year received the Architectural Firm Award from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Most recently, they completed the new $100 million Richard Ivey Building at the Ivey Business School, Western University and are currently on site with some 30 projects including the Bahá’í Temple of South America in Santiago, Chile and One Bloor.

For further information:

Kathleen Sandusky, Communications Specialist, Casey House
416-434-7763 / by email

Carol Choi, Marketing & Communications, Hariri Pontarini Architects
416-929-4901 ext 342 / by email