Acoustical Experience: Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

    About This Project

    AT HOSPITALS AND HEALTHCARE FACILITIES, good acoustics can improve speech communication among staff and patients, and help medical personnel focus on attention-demanding tasks. Speech intelligibility and privacy between spaces are essential considerations for hospitals and care facilities—especially in rooms used for treating and assessing patients.


    BKL has consulted on many healthcare projects through the years, and has the know-how to provide acoustical advice and reviews that add to the success of your next healthcare project.



    Here are a few of the projects BKL has been a part of:


    Alberta Hospital Ponoka

    Ponoka, Alberta
    BKL made recommendations on the design of acoustical treatment for activity spaces including auditorium, swimming pool, and gymnasium.


    Alberta Urban Hospitals

    Edmonton & Calgary, Alberta

    BKL consulted on acoustics for hospital projects at Mill Woods in Edmonton and Sunridge in Calgary, both 500-bed acute-care facilities.


    Children’s Hospital

    Vancouver, BC
    BKL delivered comprehensive acoustical services and consulted on community and construction noise for this 400-bed pediatric and maternity hospital, as well as continuing renovation and reconstruction projects, including the Centre for Children and Families.


    Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre
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    Village of Queen Charlotte, BC

    This new 53,820 square foot hospital was designed to meet LEED Gold standard and follow BC’s Wood First Act by incorporating wood wherever feasible. BKL provided acoustical advice during the design stages. Read the case study here.


    Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre

    Surrey, BC

    For this newly constructed, LEED Gold–certified outpatient facility, BKL provided full acoustical design services including mechanical noise and vibration control, efforts that secured one LEED point for Innovative Acoustic Design. Read the case study here.


    Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre

    Vancouver, BC

    BKL carried out full acoustical design services, including vibration monitoring during construction, for this new 8-storey mental health and addictions facility. BKL provided full documentation to obtain a point for the acoustical design under LEEDv4.


    Laurel Tower, Vancouver General Hospital

    Vancouver, BC

    For this 19-storey inpatient tower (now known as the Jim Pattison Pavilion Tower), BKL consulted on architectural acoustics and mechanical noise control, and assessed noise control options for the loading bays and helicopter landing pad.


    Lethbridge Regional Hospital

    Lethbridge, Alberta
    BKL provided comprehensive consultation for the nursing wing and diagnostic and treatment wing for this 500-bed regional facility.


    Nanaimo Regional Hospital

    Nanaimo, BC

    BKL provided comprehensive acoustical consultation on mechanical, electrical, and architectural systems for a new perinatal extension to Nanaimo Regional Hospital’s maternity facilities.


    Pacific Autism Family Centre

    Richmond, BC

    Located adjacent to the Vancouver International Airport, this new facility includes a treatment centre, and clinic, and research centre. BKL handled the acoustical design for this project, including the careful design of the building envelope to control noise break-in from overhead aircraft. Read the case study here.


    Prince George Regional Hospital Expansion

    Prince George, BC
    BKL provided acoustical design for the building and its mechanical systems


    Psychealth Centre

    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    BKL conducted a review of room acoustics, noise isolation, and noise privacy throughout the project.


    Royal Columbian Hospital Phase III

    New Westminster, BC
    BKL provided comprehensive acoustical consultation on mechanical, electrical, and architectural systems.


    Royal Inland Hospital Clinical Services Building

    Kamloops, BC

    Home to outpatient services and clinical education spaces for UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, this new 55,972 square foot building targeted LEED Gold. BKL provided comprehensive acoustical design services to meet project criteria, as well as the requirements set out in UBC’s design guidelines.


    Royal Jubilee Hospital Expansion

    Victoria, BC
    BKL consulted on acoustics and mechanical system noise reduction for this major diagnostic and treatment centre, which includes laboratories, radiography, operating rooms, and clinics.


    Southern Interior Cancer Centre

    Kelowna, BC
    Working with the project’s architects and building services designers, BKL provided comprehensive acoustical consultation.


    St. Paul’s Hospital Expansion

    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    BKL prepared acoustical guidelines for the project, and reviewed HVAC system noise.


    Stanton Territorial Hospital

    Yellowknife, NWT

    BKL provided acoustical design advice for this new 293,532 square foot hospital, as well as noise and vibration monitoring during demolition and construction. Stanton Territorial Hospital serves residents of both the Northwest Territories and the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut.


    Surrey Memorial Hospital Expansion

    Surrey, BC
    BKL made recommendations for controlling interior noise and vibration from electrical equipment and roof-top ventilation systems.


    Teck Acute Care Centre at BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital

    Vancouver, BC

    BKL monitored noise and vibration during demolition of existing buildings and construction of this new 640,000 square-foot hospital. BKL provided full acoustical design services and post-project testing, and the acoustical design earned a credit toward the building’s LEED Gold certification. Read the case study here.


    University of Alberta, Walter C. MacKenzie Health Science Centre

    Edmonton, Alberta
    BKL provided comprehensive consulting and engineering services including construction noise control and full architectural building services for noise and vibration control.


    UBC Psychiatric Hospital

    Vancouver, BC
    BKL consulted on architectural acoustical design and mechanical systems noise control for all facilities of this two-phase project.


    University Hospital Expansion

    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
    BKL consulted on all aspects of acoustical design for the expansion project, including mechanical system noise control.


    Valleyview Project

    Coquitlam, BC

    BKL developed unique acoustical solutions to ensure this new mental health facility achieved the required speech intelligibility and privacy levels for spaces used to treat and assess adolescent mental health patients, while following strict materials limitations required to address patient safety concerns.


    Whitehorse General Hospital

    Whitehorse, YT

    BKL offered full acoustical consultation services for this 44,000 square foot expansion project. BKL advised on sound isolation and mechanical system noise control, and made recommendations to ensure acoustical privacy and enhance confidentiality.


    Whistle Bend Continuing Care Facility

    Whitehorse, YT

    This new residential care facility provides beds for residents requiring various levels of care. BKL provided full acoustical services during design and construction for the residences and associated spaces and conducted pre-completion acoustical testing.


    Baseline Noise Monitoring, Building Services Noise & Vibration, Commissioning, Construction Noise Monitoring, Construction Vibration Monitoring, Design-Build, Environmental and Community Noise, LEED, Noise Mitigation Design, P3, Room Acoustics, Sound Isolation, Speech Privacy, Vibration Isolation