The Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre (JRSFHC) is a new, eight-storey mental health and addictions facility located on the Vancouver General Hospital site. It is one of the largest purpose-built facility of its kind in the province, caring for people with mental health and substance use issues. Bringing a variety of services under one roof, including inpatient and outpatient care, outreach programs, and addiction services, the facility will replace outdated facilities and provide a safer, healthier environment for patients and health care professionals.
Key features of the hospital includes 100 private patient rooms, each with its own ensuite washroom; dedicated family and visitor space; access to outdoor space with secure rooftop gardens for patient gardening; a new public park; exercise facilities; and quiet places on each floor for reading and meditating.
Houle assisted with the electrical design-build for the project. Systems installed by the team at Houle included electrical distribution and emergency power systems, fire alarm, lighting and lighting control, clock system, communication and data, distributed antenna system, audio visual, access control, video surveillance, and real-time locating system.
The challenges faced by the project team included:
- Scope and schedule: Throughout the project, there were scope and design changes. Despite an increase in Houle’s scope of work, there were no extensions in the construction period. Houle utilized prefabrication to help to meet the project milestones. Ongoing coordination and communication with the designers and trades were fundamental to the successful completion of the project.
- Logistics: Tight narrow roads made large deliveries challenging. To help alleviate logistical difficulties, deliveries were carefully scheduled and coordinated with the general contractor. Delivery information and truck sizes were requested ahead of time to create specific delivery plans.
- Operational site: The team at Houle had to work inside the operational Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) campus and tie in the new services to existing VGH services.
- High ceilings: The facility, which had to have high ceilings, meant that there was reduced ceiling space available for services. Constant coordination with the general contractor and other trades were required to contain all the services in the limited space and to avoid any wasted space. Houle proposed a new LED light fixture that would reduce the space requirements significantly and allow for better utilization of the available space.
- Acoustical separation: Reducing noise transfer and maintaining speech privacy between rooms were a mandatory specification. The team at Houle had to take special care when roughing-in electrical devices in order to achieve acoustical separation between rooms.