Victoria General Hospital is an acute care facility that provides emergency, general surgery, and medical treatment services. With an obsolete fire alarm system at its facility, Houle was contracted to upgrade and replace the fire alarm system. Houle provided a “designer’s eye” in value added engineering, with recommendations resulting in cost savings, operational efficiencies, safety improvements, and a maintenance-friendly system. All wiring was conducted under negative air in a customized, self-contained mobile chamber.
Throughout the project, Houle ensured there was an open line of communication between Houle’s crew, the Vancouver Island Health Authority, alarm technicians, as well as 75+ head nurses and facilities staff. Since the hospital had to continue its daily operations, it was necessary to complete this very invasive project without impact on patient care. Specialized booths allowed Houle to complete the work with minimal impact on staff and patients. The project resulted in a reduction in size of the original fire alarm graphic (installed by Houle in 1983 when the hospital was built), to a new one that occupied less than half the wall space. This was a significant visual upgrade at the hospital entrance way.
“The team at Houle Electric was very knowledgeable about the fire alarm system they installed for us. More importantly, we were pleased with their ability to accommodate the many complexities and sensitivities of our operating hospital.”
~ Ron Bouveur, Project Foreman, Facilities Maintenance and Operations, Vancouver Island Health Authority