Posted on July 2, 2013 | Atlantic Business Magazine | 0 Comments
A Place to Call Home By Karen Moores
Eastern Health Corporation’s new 460-bed long term care facility, slated for occupancy in Spring 2014, is located close to picturesque Quidi Vidi Lake and the Pleasantville area of St. John’s, N.L. Situated on 17.8 acres of land, this impressive residential complex will also include space for recreation therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and spirituality. Its design incorporates modern environments to address seniors’ health and social needs while encouraging choice, independence and mobility.
Year-round climate control will be made easier thanks to geo-exchange heat systems, the primary source of heat for the site. Some residential units will also be equipped with in-floor heating. Reclamation of heat energy from exhaust air streams is an energy saving strategy woven into the property design.
Designed by Hearn Fougere Architects and constructed by Marco Services Limited, this property encompasses four buildings including two residential buildings (the wings), a core centre block for support services and a utility building. The facility has also been designed to meet the requirements of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver level certification. Artist rendering of the proposed garden space, including special design features for residents with dementia such as a wandering path and an outside garden (accessible to residents, but self-contained).