Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre
The new $55 million LEED Gold targeted Lakes District Hospital is a cost share between the Province and the Stuart Nechako Regional Hospital District. It was undertaken in a design-build approach – led by HDR½CEI Architecture and PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. – bringing innovation to the process by integrating the design and construction teams together. Effective coordination between disciplines and the careful planning of details helped achieve schedule efficiencies that resulted in this fast-tracked project completing five months ahead of schedule, opening to patients in early 2015.
This new state-of-the-art healthcare facility includes 16 beds (13 acute care beds, 1 isolation room, 1 palliative care room, 1 labour/delivery/recovery site), emergency services, diagnostic imaging, a laboratory, pharmacy, mental health and addiction facilities, rehabilitation services, administrative offices, food services, logistical services and a procedure space that is large enough to provide future flexibility for the development of operating room space.
Built to target LEED Gold certification, the new building maximizes the use of wood where feasible in keeping with the Province’s Wood First Act.
The following mechanically related sustainable features contribute to the 11 LEED energy credits:
- Heat recovery strategies, including exhaust air heat recovery and heat recovery chillers to reduce heating energy requirements
- Low pressure drop piping system design and variable flow heating and chilled water distribution systems to reduce pump energy consumption
- Low pressure drop duct design to reduce fan power and energy requirements
- Low flow plumbing fixtures for water savings and domestic hot water energy reduction
- Demand-based pressure and temperature optimization strategies to reduce distribution energy