In the midst of a pandemic, a call for help to identify, brainstorm, and design temporary healthcare spaces from existing building stock received an overwhelming response.

Within one week, Temporary Healthcare Creative, including some of our own DIALOGers, came together and completed a ready-to-implement solution that is now being shared across the country.

"We reached out to see if anyone wanted to help and our community stepped up," said Kenny Smith, organizer of Temporary Healthcare Creative.

The final solution couldn't be more Canadian.

Looking for a medium-scale facility that could be replicated across multiple locations, the team recognized the standard attributes and large inventory of existing ice arenas across Canada. In response, they created one standard, modular solution to retrofit and quickly mobilize arenas into temporary healthcare facilities.

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The concept describes how safe circulation, zoning, base systems, and modular design would be implemented within an ice arena. Architectural, mechanical, and electrical solutions address basic healthcare necessities like patient pods, plumbing and ventilation, power generation, and lighting. Explanations for security and infection control have also been provided.

When DIALOGer Mark Gorman was asked how he got involved, his answer was simple, "Kenny reached out looking for our community to respond during the crisis – knowing that we had some great people that are always willing to help at DIALOG, I didn’t hesitate to say yes."

Kenny reached out looking for our community to respond during the crisis – knowing that we had some great people that are always willing to help at DIALOG, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.
Mark Gorman, DIALOG

"The story here is around the power of a community response," adds Smith. "How clients, competitors, contractors, and friends came together in their own time to offer up help, solutions, and drive towards a collective result within a tight timeline for the interest of safety of our care workers and community."

The solution is ready to implement and available below, for free. We're encouraging everyone to share this document in the hope that it will benefit those who need it most.

Retrofitting ice arenas into temporary healthcare facilities

Read the plan here