PCL provided construction management services for the three-phase renovation of St. Joseph’s Healthcare hospital in Hamilton. The first phase consisted of a 5,100-square-foot renovation to an existing area of the hospital and construction of a new 20-bay patient recovery area. An additional 3,000 square feet of structural steel was added to the hospital, which included two new ORs and accompanying decontamination rooms. The second phase involved the fit-out of the ground level of the existing tower. This includes two new MRI and Fluoro rooms, Gen Rads, ultrasounds, and CT rooms as well as recovery bays, registration, and waiting areas. The final phase entailed the renovation and expansion of existing space within levels 0 to 1 of the Mary Grace Wing. This portion of the redevelopment also included the development of three new levels of tower plus an M&E penthouse, approximating 70,000 square feet of new construction. These new spaces consist of a sterile processing department, 12 new ORs, day surgery, recovery space, and additional minor procedure rooms.
All of this work had to take place without disrupting the operating hospital. Thus, each phase required extensive planning, phasing, and communication between all stakeholders and hospital staff. The team used site signage, temporary services, night work, and specialized equipment to minimize construction impacts. Also, specific infection control policies and procedures were created to protect the health of patients, staff, and visitors. This included anti-rooms to vacuum workers coming off the jobsite and a negative air system that safely removed dust-filled air.
On several occasions, PCL staff offered to assist the hospital’s operating team on non-contract-related tasks such as maintenance and IT. If the hospital had used regular procurement channels, these tasks would have taken longer to complete. PCL also accommodated site tours for staff, donors, and local media during low- or off-work hours.