April 7th, 2021
A “Future-Proofed” WLMH Hospital
Working alongside B+H Architects, it’s so rewarding to be part of the compliance team informing the design of one of Ontario’s first “Future-Proofed” Hospital projects.
The West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH) is a hospital with a strong sense of community and place, however, the facilities have outlived their anticipated lifespan. With ever changing standards and the impact of COVID-19, it was time to think big and think ahead. This includes birthing suites, ORs, Pharmacy areas, staff areas and intake areas. Our team worked closely with the leadership team at the hospital to prioritize the refurbishment plans, including its mechanical systems and applying new LEAN processes.
“Planning through COVID-19 gave us a unique opportunity to challenge our thinking – not just in terms of how we collaboratively design a new hospital virtually, but also in response to emerging trends arising from the response to COVID-19. We were in constant contact with the Ministry, our team and others across the sector about changes to policy and planning. By nature of where we were in the planning process, we were able to adapt and integrate those changes into our work on the fly,” said said Bart DeVries, redevelopment director at Hamilton Health Sciences.
Read more about this infrastructure renewal project and our work with West Lincoln Memorial Hospital at https://bit.ly/3rP5Sx2