The New BC Cancer Agency Cancer Centre in Prince George

Universal Access

In concert with the BC Cancer Agency’s interest in building a centre that is easy for patients and visitors to navigate, Plenary Health has addressed universal accessibility by minimizing travel distances and avoiding complicated corridors. It will be a simple and intuitive facility to navigate and use.

Services that are most likely to be used by people with broader accessibility challenges are close to elevator lobbies and these in turn are located close to the main entrance, transit and parking areas.

The layout of the new cancer centre minimizes the distances that patients are required to travel and facilitates movement along all routes.

Factors that contribute to a safe and independent patient experience include access to daylight, generous space in main public corridors, and centrally-located elevators.

Promoting Universal Access

  • All publicly accessible areas will be barrier-free
  • There are no ramps within the facility
  • Several accessible or oversized parking stalls will be provided in the underground parkade and adjacent to the main entrance
  • At key points of interaction, such as reception desks and nurse care stations, multi-level counters will be installed at different height levels to accommodate all visitors
  • All lounge and waiting areas will provide space to allow visitors in wheelchairs to sit with family and friends
  • Accessibility has been addressed in the landscape design by providing space for maneuverability, appropriate surface materials, and hand-rails
  • Entrance doors will be user-friendly and fully automated
  • Proper railings and support systems will be available in treatment areas
  • Hands-free plumbing fixtures will be provided in public washrooms

Addressing Ergonomic Issues

  • Most lighting will be indirect to lessen eye fatigue, creating an even, soft light without glare and harsh shadows
  • Cabinets and doors will have accessible pulls, closers and handles to facilitate operational functions

Chemotherapy Room