After seven years of planning and two years of construction, the new Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon (RMH BC), for which Kane Consulting provided LEED Project Management services, opened on July 7, 2014. RMH BC has been helping families that travel to Vancouver in search of life-saving treatment for their seriously ill children since 1983. The new house can accommodate 73 families each night — 60 more families per night than the previous house.
This new facility has been awarded LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features include on-site renewable energy generation and energy efficient lighting.
The new Clinical Service Building will provide space for several outpatient services, the UBC medical school program, and a new lecture theatre as well as improved vehicle and pedestrian access to the hospital. Kane is serving as the project’s Commissioning Authority, Measurement & Verification lead, as well as the LEED Project Manager.
As the Commissioning Authority, Kane will provide reviews of designs, specifications, and shop drawings. Site visits will be completed during construction to complete quality assurance checks on equipment installations and start-ups. Towards the end of construction, we will direct and witness functional performance testing on the building’s energy consuming systems; our experience and expertise in building controls will add tremendous value at this phase. We will also produce all commissioning documentation as required by the CAGBC for the LEED submittal.
The two-storey, 2,346-square-metre building houses a number of clinical programs and services. The building was built to LEED Gold standards and is part of the phase 1 of the Children’s and Women’s Hospital redevelopment project. The three-phase redevelopment project is an initiative of the Provincial Health Services Authority.
The new 150,000 square foot, four-storey Greta and Robert H.N. HO Psychiatry & Education Centre, (The HOpe Centre) at Lions Gate Hospital, located on the south east corner of the Lions Gate Hospital campus, replaces the current Activation building that was built in 1929 and no longer met the needs of an acute care psychiatric facility. The new building provides state-of-the-art mental health and addictions services including a 26-bed inpatient psychiatric floor.
Also included in the centre is dedicated teaching space for the UBC faculty of Medicine to increase educational opportunities for medical school students and residents, and a dedicated, permanent home for BC Ambulance Service in North Vancouver. It also includes parking, and additional shelled-in space for future expansion. The new building incorporates wood as much as possible, following the province’s Wood First policy.
The Chilliwack Hospital Expansion project consisted of building a new Emergency and Lab building and renovating the existing entry and Ambulatory Care facilities. The project has
enabled better patient flow through efficiencies and provide the hospital with the space for future capacity growth and technological advances.
A LEED-NC certified project, the green roof with native/adaptive plants and high efficiency water fixtures has decreased the need to use potable water for building purposes significantly.