New Oakville Hospital

The New Oakville Hospital is one of Ontario’s largest P3 (public/private partnership) projects, initiated to support the healthcare needs of a rapidly growing population base in Halton Region. The 1.5 million sq. ft. (excluding the parking garage) facility will replace the existing Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital as the primary acute care facility for the area, with 457 inpatient beds and 11 operating rooms.  Parkin is responsible for the interior and clinical design of the new buildings, as well as project and construction administration. The Parkin design includes three buildings linked via corridors at each level and embodies an understanding of healthy communities, addressing the healing and spiritual needs of the community and leadership in principles of sustainability. The facility has a total of 40 departments, ranging from surgery and diagnostic services to emergency and ambulatory care in addition to inpatient and outpatient mental health and rehabilitation units and inpatient complex continuing care. An outdoor garden located at level 2 above the entry provides secure outdoor space for the Complex Continuing Care and Rehabilitation Units and there is a secure outdoor therapy area for Rehab located at level 4. The hospital is being designed and built to meet the Canada Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system, with a goal of achieving LEED® Silver certification. Cost of the project is $2 billion.

New Women and Newborn Hospital, Winnipeg

The new 173 bed Women and Newborn Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba will replace the existing 60 year old Women’s Pavilion. The 37,000 sq.m. hospital is designed to support the patient and her family through programs which include inpatient and outpatient gynaecology, a specialized surgical suite, inpatient and outpatient obstetrics programs for low and high risk births, a single room model neonatal intensive care unit as well as administrative and research support areas. The building is a five storey structure above one level of underground parking connected by tunnel and an overhead bridge to critical medical support services. Linkages will connect to the central power plant.

Using a public consultation process, a vision statement was developed to guide the design development, to create:  a place to serve the unique and diverse health care needs of women through the cycle of life; a place to advance care, through excellence in research and education; and a place that is welcoming, respectful, calming and peaceful.

The physical organization of the building expresses the concepts of coherence, connectedness, and restoration. All areas of the hospital are respectful of women and their needs, and particularly the aboriginal women who will be the prime users. The interior design narrative is rooted in the “wildflowers” ofManitobaand these have been integrated as art and landmark elements throughout the interior of the building; they are also reflected through the incorporation of images of the urban elm canopy on the building’s exterior. Designed in association with Smith Carter Architects.

RVH has Keys to Rotary Place

Barrie Ontario’s Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (“RVH”) is one step closer to helping cancer patients feel more at home.

Staff and officials have been handed the keys toRotary Place. This signifies a major milestone in the Phase 1 Expansion and the delivery of patient care in the community. The turnover ofRotary Placeto RVH means transitional occupancy can begin.

Rotary Place, a stand-alone building, is adjacent to the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre (“SMRCC”). The facility will be a lodge for cancer patients, a family medicine teaching unit (“FMTU”), and administrative offices. The new FMTU space will allow the program to expand to better serve the community and provide better access to family doctors. The new administrative offices into which RVH will move will allow for the reallocation to health care delivery of office space within the hospital.

The FMTU will be the first entity to move into the four-story Rotary Place. This unit is a partnership between RVH and theUniversityofTorontodepartment of family and community medicine, providing training to family medicine residents in their final two years of training.

The third floor FMTU unit features 22 exam rooms, office space, a classroom, a procedure room and a counseling room. The 15 current family medicine residents will be joined by family practices operating out of the shared space. The new clinics will better enable the residents to learn and practice in a patient-friendly environment which will improve patient care, and enhanced access to physicians within the community.

By late spring, the non-clinical departments — administration, human resources, finance, quality and risk management and decision support — will move intoRotary Place. In early summer, as part of the start up of the SMRCC, Rotary House will occupy the building’s entire second floor, providing accommodation for cancer patients who must travel to Barrie for their life-saving treatment.

The lodge will have 20 rooms, a business centre, dining room, a lounge, a private terrace and activity rooms. It connects directly to the SMRCC via an underground tunnel, providing weather-proof access.

To ensure a safe, smooth transition, Parkin has phased the planning to optimize the needs of the community while remaining focused on delivering safe patient care.