The Orléans Health Hub, a new 90,000-square-foot community-oriented hospital in Ontario, Canada, opened October 2021 in the East Ottawa suburb of Orléans. Designed by HDR (Kingston-Ottawa, Canada), the health hub is comprised of seven distinct healthcare and community organizations, integrating wellness, condition management, and specialty outpatient services.

The Orléans Health Hub is designed to be a one-stop shop for health. With community support programs such as counseling and wellness-centric retail under one roof, as well, the design streamlines offerings for local residents and patients with multiple chronic diseases.

While the hub’s collaborative approach proposes a new way to provide primary and secondary healthcare, its unique location encourages reconnecting with the natural realm. Situated near the Ottawa River and Petrie Island, the project inspired by nature from the outside in.

For example, the natural canals of Petrie Island informed the development of an internal spine as the hub’s primary organizational element. A system of trails connects to a nearby neighborhood, inviting patients and the community to enjoy outdoor recreation. The reintroduction of long grass meadows and native plants will re-naturalize the landscape to provide respite among the growing suburban region. Exterior wood cladding, structural mass timber, crafted wood corridors, and a living green wall are examples of contextually relevant material selection.

The Orléans Health Hub is a partnership between Bruyère, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, Hôpital Montfort, ParaMed, Ottawa Public Health, Geronto-Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa and Home and Community Care Support Services Champlain.


Project details:

Facility name: Orléans Health Hub

Location : Orléans, Ontario, Canada

Completion date: October 2021

Owner: Hôpital Montfort

Total building area: 90,000 sq. ft.

Total construction cost: $59.2 million

Cost/sq. ft.: N/A

Architecture firm: HDR

Interior design: HDR

General contractor: EllisDon

Builder: Infrastructure Ontario