This 49,000-square-foot (4,600 sq.m) addition brought together all the hospital’s outpatient services for the first time, including tele-rehab consultations for patients from across Ontario, a new hydrotherapy pool, and a facemask and splinting clinic for burn and sports injuries, expanded inpatient and outpatient facilities, administration, and expanded therapy gardens. Floor-to-ceiling windows provided a backdrop to the facility’s 25 acres (10 ha) of landscaped grounds. This ambulatory care healthcare facility focused on patient rehabilitation. The redevelopment provided advanced treatment space, allowing the hospital to care for 40,000 outpatient visits yearly. The construction budget was $40M.
The hospital capital project management group engaged Isotherm in the construction phase to perform commissioning services in this new construction facility. A portion of the work was tied into the existing facility via the utility building. We provided comments on the design and helped to clarify some of the installation concerns. This sped up or reduced the need for RFI and avoided re-work.
We assisted the mechanical contractors in identifying issues during installation, verified the start-up and performance of the systems, and coordinated training. We were vigilant in our site review and provided clear site reports to the owner and the construction team. We had frequent verbal and written communications with the team to ensure the commissioning items were tracked and resolved in a timely manner. The construction and commissioning schedules were closely reviewed and constantly updated to maintain the time schedule. Seasonal and warranty reviews extended into the post-occupancy phase to ensure the facility is operated and maintained properly.