Bridgepoint Active Healthcare's new Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto established a number of links between patients and the community. Here are a few highlights:

  • Diverse and plentiful views from the interior spaces to the immediate park environment and the city beyond
  • Clear pedestrian, bicycle, and motor vehicle pathways that traverse the campus and link the site to the adjacent communities
  • Amenities, transportation infrastructure, and landscape design to encourage visitors
  • Interior and exterior gathering spots that encourage visitor-inpatient interaction
  • Generous access to communication, information, and entertainment media.

The Bridgepoint campus is targeting LEED Gold certification. Some of the sustainable features include:

  • 100 percent underground parking, and 50 percent green roof to reduce urban island heat effect
  • Provisions for electric vehicle charging stalls
  • Secure bicycle parking and change rooms to encourage cycling
  • Site and building lighting that reduces light pollution and energy consumption
  • Drought-tolerant landscape design to reduce irrigation by 50 percent
  • Low-flow water fixtures to reduce potable water use by up to 30 percent
  • High percentages of recycled and regionally sourced building materials

HVAC systems and building envelopes will perform at least 28 percent better than comparable facilities, due to:

  • A high-performance heat recovery system
  • Variable frequency drives on all pumps and fans
  • High-efficiency boilers, chillers, and lighting systems
  • Double-glazed windows
  • An overall roof insulation of R-30.

Sara O. Marberry, EDAC, is a contributing editor for Healthcare Design. She is a writer, blogger, speaker, and strategic marketing and business consultant in Evanston, Ill., and the former executive vice president of The Center for Health Design. She can be reached at


To read more about Bridgepoint Active Healthcare's new hospital project, please see "What’s Old Is New Again At Bridgepoint Active Health."

For a detailed source list, including costs, project team, and other vendors on this project, visit: "Bridgepoint Active Healthcare: Project Breakdown."

For a closer look at how funding was established at Bridgepoint Active Health’s new hospital, please read "Using Public-Private Funding To Build Bridgepoint Hospital."