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Good Bones

A long-term plan keeps a critical healthcare facility in fine form

Tillsonburg, Ontario


A process to gather input through planning meetings with all the user and stakeholder groups for some 20 programs, services and departments helped to work through potential master planning options. Simultaneously, a facility review focusing on hospital functionality and the use or reuse of the facility was conducted. The finding was that the hospital was soundly constructed and well maintained through significant growth. However, the older portions of the building, in particular, the original 1950 wing were determined to be dated and no longer suitable.

Planning principles

A master plan was developed with key planning principles that included responding to the priorities over time, organizing clinical services based on best practice principles; improving patient flow and functionality between new and existing spaces; ensuring the ongoing operation of the hospital and minimizing disruptions to services and operational capacity during redevelopment.

CT scan installation

This involved reinforcement of existing floor slab to accommodate new CT Scan equipment. The project required the inclusion of new structural steel beams, asbestos abatement, relocation of mechanical and electrical services and devices, and new ceiling, floor and wall finishes.

Building science and cafeteria renovations

Repairing and restoring the structure’s original load carrying capacity and reducing the rate of further deterioration of the emergency drive-through and north canopy supporting wall. The project also required a new ceiling in the cafeteria and additional exterior site work to meet code requirements.

Fire code retrofit and level 2 south renovation

The project involved the fire code retrofit of the existing hospital and renovation of in-patient suite, including a new food service room, care station, medication room, dictation room, additional barrier free washrooms, and general interior refinishing works.

Project facts

Completed: 2010 (design)
Collaborators: HH Angus & Associates, Resource Planning Group, Read Jones Christoffersen
Client: Tillsonburg Memorial Hospital