This week’s guest blog is from Ann Ford, Joint VP, Facilities and Redevelopment
If you’ve been following Matt’s blog, you’ve likely seen some updates from me on the incredible redevelopment progress at Peel Memorial and Etobicoke General. You’ve no doubt seen what the new Peel Memorial will look like on the outside. Now, we’re ready to unveil how the inside will look.
This past week, Osler staff, physicians and volunteers were invited to take a tour through a perfectly-scaled model of some key activity areas inside the new Peel Memorial at two special Open House events in our very own mock up space. There are plenty of reasons why we go through the trouble to mock up spaces before putting them into action.
- We want to make sure we plan spaces that work by making sure they are accessible for patients and staff, and the right size to hold all of the equipment and furnishings needed;
- We need staff to get a feel for their new workspaces so that they can identify any issues and suggest changes well in advance;
- We want to envision how patients will move through these areas so we can be sure it is comfortable for them; and,
- We want to avoid any costly mistakes and ensure the new Peel Memorial is the very best it can be!
There was great excitement in the room as people made their way through the spaces and engaged with members of our redevelopment team to learn more about each area and have their questions answered. The feedback we receive will help us refine our designs to ensure they are the best possible spaces for staff, patients and families.
The past few months have brought plenty of progress to Etobicoke General as well. As we continue to evaluate proposals to build the planned four-storey wing and Ancillary Services Building (ASB), we have begun to prepare the site through our Early Works project. This involves refurbishing our heating and cooling plants, upgrading the normal and emergency power distribution systems, providing structural modifications to support the mechanical system upgrades, and providing integrated building systems connections for the new addition.
There will be some exciting announcements made in the coming months about the growth at Etobicoke General so stay tuned. We look forward to keeping you posted on our progress!