Currently under construction, RPK has designed an addition to the Misericordia Community Hospital, housing a state-of-art emergency department. Guided by the principal of continuous flow, and patient centred design, the building is organized around 5 distinct pods, serving distinct patient groups. In addition to the main patient arrival area, each pod contains a patient waiting area oriented towards an outdoor courtyard. Through the use of full height glazing, rich planting materials, and naturally patinated copper cladding the waiting areas provide visual interest and a calming connection to the outside world. The building’s facade composed of brick, white metal siding as well as copper clad courtyards reflects back the built form that occupied the site previously. The facility will meet LEED V4 Silver standards. As a health care project, ongoing uninterrupted functioning of the existing facility will be a key in making this project a success.