February 28, 2007
Kasian is pleased to announce the acquisition of Health Strategy Architects Ltd. (HSA). The award-winning Toronto practice provides a full range of architectural services to the health care sector in Ontario. The move complements Kasian’s portfolio of health care projects in Western Canada and marks a key step in Kasian’s entry into Eastern Canada. “Having HSA join our firm is a very important move for us,” says Kasian President and founder Don Kasian. “It marks a major milestone in our plan to grow our firm globally. This also provides us the opportunity to offer our fantastic range of services to the Ontario market.”
After 12 years as a founding Principal of HSA, Patsy Poulin felt that the time was ripe to join forces with a larger, growing firm such as Kasian. “The Ontario market is changing,” says the architect, who was trained in Edinburgh, Scotland. “With the advent of private financing initiatives and the volume of current and proposed health care construction in the Ontario market, there is a limit to the ability of a smaller firm to be an active player.
“The major demographic shift of Baby Boomers entering their sixties is generating increased requirements for new health care projects,” Poulin adds. “At the same time, there has been a decline in the provincial infrastructure and an increase in societal expectations for better health care. This has led to increased construction volume, which has fostered several recent consolidations in the health care design field. Larger firms are better positioned to pursue these opportunities. As HSA, we were not able to access this market.
“By allying ourselves with Kasian’s resources in designing new and large-scale hospitals, we will have far greater potential in targeting the emerging Ontario markets. Kasian has tremendous experience from their recent projects in BC and Alberta, which we will be able to tap into.” Poulin is referring to such projects as the $253-million Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, which opened this past September. Kasian was lead architect and prime consultant.
Poulin also cites the way Kasian is structured as a “plus” factor in influencing her decision to join the firm. “Kasian operates as a single firm across the country. We can access Kasian’s people and experience in their various offices and bring that knowledge to the work we do for our Ontario clients. Much of that expertise is not available in the Ontario market, even within the larger design firms.”
The entire HSA team has been retained and will begin to operate under the Kasian banner immediately. “We are very enthusiastic about the opportunities this change brings, individually and collectively. We are looking forward to growing the Kasian presence in the Ontario market and have plans to recruit and hire in the new year.”
HSA staff will remain in their existing office at 398 Adelaide St. W. until Kasian’s new consolidated Toronto office opens in the summer of 2007.
HSA has particular expertise in complex-care and rehabilitation facilities for longer-stay patients with multiple health care needs. Recent HSA projects include:
Recent Kasian health care projects include