Two new hospitals were built to benefit Vancouver Island patients living in the Comox Valley, Campbell River, and the surrounding communities. New facilities were needed because each community had older hospitals requiring modernization. The 153-bed Comox Valley Hospital in Courtenay comprises a total of 428,700 square feet while the 95-bed in Campbell River comprises of a total of 348,000 square feet. Each hospital has a University of British Columbia academic teaching space.
Houle was responsible for the design assist, installation, integration, and commissioning for electrical and low voltage systems for the hospitals. Systems include access control, video surveillance, intrusion, panic, intercom, public address, real-time location system, nurse call, radios, infant protection, and wander prevention. Most systems are required to integrate together, to allow auxiliary alarms to be triggered on additional systems in order to provide redundancy including connection to remote monitoring sites.
The systems integration at the hospitals is at a level never before seen in a Canadian hospital. It encompasses 33 systems consisting of roughly 13,000 network connections. Extensive on/offsite programmers were required to ensure proper connectivity and functionality.
Even though Houle received over 1,000 site instructions, the project completion date did not change and the team at Houle was able to meet the scheduled April 2017 deadline.
“Houle’s attention to and demand for detail in the early planning and execution stages of the project proved to be instrumental to focusing the entire project team on the schedule critical aspects of the project. Houle’s ability to provide highly qualified and driven staff to the project was instrumental in their ability to meet a very aggressive project schedule even in the face of significant revisions to the planned sequences of work and workload. Houle’s culture is truly focused on leveraging exceptional individuals into a project team that is capable meeting virtually any challenge related to their scope of work and demands of the project.”
~ Bret Miche, Senior Project Manager, Graham Construction