St. Mary’s Hospital

Expansion Project



  • 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.
  • Building Management System
  • Communication Rooms
  • Intercom Systems
    Houle designs, supplies, and installs hands-free intercom systems that can be your critical link between departments.
  • 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.
  • Wander Prevention
    Houle's wander prevention solution alerts your staff immediately if patients or residents try to leave the facility or wander into restricted areas.
  • 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.
  • Patient Entertainment/ Education System
    Houle offers custom-designed modern entertainment control systems that encompasses technologies such as television, video on demand, games, radio, Internet, messaging, and information pages.
  • Structured Cabling
    From full server rooms to multiple site roll-outs to large construction based projects, Houle’s Network Systems team can serve all your needs.

Scope of Work

Completed: 2014

Owner: Vancouver Coastal Health

Located in Sechelt, BC, St. Mary’s Hospital is a 58,125 square feet addition to the older St. Mary’s Hospital and Extended Care Lodge. The addition includes new larger emergency and radiology departments, intensive care rooms, and a new labour and delivery unit. Targeting LEED Gold certification, St. Mary’s Hospital was designed with the goal of becoming North America’s first carbon-neutral hospital.

Houle was an instrumental subcontractor from the beginning of construction, assisting the electrical contractor with the conduit layouts and design prior to any site work. Houle’s building automation team worked very closely with the mechanical contractor to lay out all of the building automation systems using Schneider’s Andover Controls system. Houle’s networks team completed four communication rooms including 900+ Cat6 network drops, OM3 multimode and OS2 single-mode backbone, and RG6 CATV cabling (100+ drops).

Houle was also the chosen contractor for all intercom and public address communications, building management system controls, networked wander prevention, staff wireless duress systems, and code blue integration. Houle integrated the new facility to mate with the systems in the older hospital and Totem Lodge Extended Care building. The communications system had complex interfaces to integrate with the nurse call and overhead code blue voice messaging system and access control and panic alarm systems.

Houle worked closely with the facility operators to design and build a custom-made patient entertainment control system with new Samsung LED televisions and a HMI webserver control system. The facility now centrally manages all patient entertainment TV requests and individually controls each television outlet.