Nanaimo Regional General Hospital & Perinatal Centre

New Perinatal Centre



  • Door Access Control
    Determine who is allowed to enter or exit, where they are allowed to enter or exit, and when they are allowed to enter or exit, with Houle's electronic door access control solution.
  • 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.
  • Infant Protection
    Houle non-intrusive infant protection system involves small discreet tags worn on an infant’s wrist, ankle, or umbilical cord clamp that continually monitor the infant’s whereabouts, generating automated alerts if an admitted infant is taken outside of a protected zone.
  • Public Address
    Through our public address solutions, Houle can add effortless ambiance to your facility while providing you with a building-wide communication system for emergencies.
  • Video Surveillance
    Houle provides the latest offerings in IP CCTV and Video Management systems from the leading manufacturers.

Scope of Work

Completed: 2008

Owner: Vancouver Island Health Authority

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s Perinatal Unit serves the growing maternity and neonatal needs of Central Vancouver Island. The perinatal unit, adjacent to the hospital’s main entrance, includes 15 labour/ birth/ recovery/ postpartum rooms, four antepartum beds, three triage beds, and a nine bed, level-two neonatal intensive care nursery.

As the electrical contractor for this project, Houle worked collaboratively with the Vancouver Island Heath Authority, consultants, and user groups, providing design-assistance for the Island’s first labour-birthing-recovery-parenting rooms. These rooms are wired and equipped to provide mothers and families the experience of their entire hospital stay in one room for all delivery-related events. Houle also completed complex wiring for the specialized neo-natal intensive care unit and for the facility’s customized operating room, equipped for caesarean and other neonatal surgical needs. Houle was also responsible for the construction of the facility’s fire alarm system, data cabling, CCTV, door access controls, public address system, and modern infant (abduction) alarm.

One of the biggest challenges of the project was to integrate the electrical and other systems with those of the existing hospital – without disruption to ongoing patient care and operations. The existing power at the opposite end of the property, required extensive conduit cabling over long distances and through congested spaces.

Houle completed all the integrated systems for the hospital for under $2 million. By completing numerous electrical and wiring functions under a single contract, Houle brought both integration expertise and significant cost savings to the construction of this specialized maternity and neonatal facility. Furthermore, Houle completed all major aspects of the project with its own forces.

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