Project category: Project in progress (June 2012)

Chief administrator: Jeanette Despatie, Chief Executive Officer, (613) 938-4240, x1401

Firm: Stantec Architecture Ltd., (416) 596-6666

Design team: George Bitsakakis, Project Principal; Diego Morettin, Project Architect/Manager; Norman Crone, Healthcare Principal; Eugene Chumakov, Design/Production Team; Karen Zwart-Helima, Design/Production Team; Richard Shaw, Design/Production Team

Total building area (sq. ft.): 92,000 (new); 68,000 (renovation)

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $418 (new); $319 (renovation)

Total construction cost (excluding land): $38,500,700 (new); $21,700,300 (renovation)

The Cornwall Community Hospital redevelopment project involves the consolidation of acute care, rehabilitation, and mental health services currently provided at two existing hospital sites to the single site at McConnell Avenue.

The design strategy for redevelopment places the most highly serviced programs of Surgical Suite and Day Surgery, Sterile Processing Department, Emergency, and Diagnostic Imaging in new construction, in the form of a one- and two-story addition along the west face of the existing tower. The new addition also includes the Main Entrance, Registration and Billing Services, Main Waiting, the Learning Centre, and Cafeteria programs.

The design concept clearly distinguishes and separates the Main, Emergency, and Ambulatory Entrances. The design is further informed by requirements for access to daylighting, views, privacy, technical and performance necessities, and visual and physical connections to the surrounding landscape and context.

The overall design concept takes advantage of the generous site and identifies opportunities for future expansion, as well as a strategy for gradual regeneration of the entire hospital. The design provides accessible, clear, and distinct movement for inpatients, visitors, staff, and service workers. It also provides a framework for future development that avoids “land locking” departments that are likely to expand in the future, as well as older parts of the campus that may be demolished.

Renovations to existing areas are determined through careful analysis and balance of economic considerations, patient and staff needs, operational efficiencies, and future flexibility. Significant design and renovation will occur in Mental Health, Hemodialysis, and Ambulatory Care.