Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Emergency Services Wing

New Emergency Wing

project at a glance

  • 69,000
  • 17
  • 8



  • Access Control
    From traditional proximity card badge systems to leading-edge OSDP, security devices, control access to your facility every day of the year. Houle can help manage ingress and egress from your facility to keep your site secure.
  • Electrical
    From preconstruction to construction to post project support and service, Houle provides all your electrical construction and renovation needs.
  • Fire Alarms
    Houle offers complete fire alarm solutions including fire alarm system installation and ULC certified fire alarm monitoring.
  • Lighting Controls
    Houle can help you regulate the level and quality of light in a given space through features such as daylight harvesting, occupancy and vacancy detection, shade control, scheduling, scene control energy monitoring, and remote access.
  • Nurse Call & Code Alarms
    Houle’s nurse call solutions enable patients to alert staff for assistance in healthcare facilities and for staff to communicate amongst themselves.
  • Panic/Duress
    Houle can protect your employees and visitors from assault or other hazards with our wired or wireless emergency duress systems. When an emergency occurs, a simple push of the panic alarm notifies others of the situation.

Scope of Work

Completed: 2013

Owner: Vancouver Island Health Authority


  • LEED Gold

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital is the busiest Emergency Department on Vancouver Island. The Emergency and Psychiatric Emergency Services project replaced an Emergency department that was treating more than 53,000 patients each year in a space that was intended for about 15,000 patients. This project tripled the size of the previous department to improve patient care. The design features dedicated stretcher bays, space dedicated for mental health and addiction services, a dedicated x-ray room, natural light in all patient and staff areas, and better infection control (thanks to isolation rooms and decontamination space).

Houle provided electrical distribution and lighting, communications systems, data, nurse call, wireless duress, fire alarm, security and access control, and systems integration for this LEED Gold designed hospital. Houle installed extensive daylight harvesting in all patient rooms and quadrants with offset dimming lighting. The hospital also features electric dimming glass doors to all patient rooms; at the flick of a switch, the doors provide more privacy and better infection control than traditional curtains. Multiple courtyard gardens with access to fresh air and natural light promote patient and staff health.  All courtyards include landscape lighting for nighttime use.


The density of both the electrical and mechanical systems to be installed in care areas required extensive coordination, planning, and modelling to avoid conflicts. Houle needed to integrate all new systems to ensure they work together and with the systems in the existing hospital. This required working with several user groups and manufacturers to program systems to work together as intended. Because of constant altering of the design due to intense user group involvement, Houle performed several mock-ups and reviews with user groups to ensure the space and systems met the needs to the end-users.