The visual represents an approximate outline and location of the various departments in the lower level of the new hospital. For a larger view, click on the image.
For many, the basement tends to be a hidden and quiet part of a home or public building. But in West Park’s new hospital, the basement level will be an epicentre of activity and home base for several behind-the-scenes departments pertinent to nourishing patients with healthy meals, keeping the facility clean against infections, providing the necessary supplies to deliver care, and ensuring the safety and security of staff and patients.
“Support services tend to get overlooked when it comes to space planning in any new facilities. We made sure this isn’t the case at West Park,” says Diane Zdybal, Director of Support Services. “Staff will find a positive change in their new space. It will be more spacious and functional, making work easier and more efficient for everyone.”
On the construction site, workers are moving quickly to create the underground levels of the new hospital. Beneath the Inpatient Block, there will only be one basement level (B1), which will house several departments. Beneath the Outpatient Block, there will be three levels of underground parking (P1, P2 and P3).
Using the visual as an approximate guide, below is a list of departments on the lower level, space and equipment features, and some of the operational changes in the new hospital.
Maintaining its current square footage, Communications will continue to be co-located with Security in the new hospital because the department is often the primary contact in urgent and emergency situations. Communications is a multi-faceted department that provides support to the entire hospital including switchboard telephone service, paging and announcements, and alerting and responding to emergency and disaster situations.
Though not a department, elevators are an essential transportation service at West Park and its improvements in the new hospital is worth noting. To alleviate congestion and increase operational efficiency, there will be three different types of elevators:
- public elevators for mainly patients, visitors and staff;
- service elevators for mainly support staff to transport food, equipment and supplies; and
- parking elevators to bring patients, visitors and staff from P1, P2 and P3 to the main lobby on the first floor only. On the first floor, there will be separate public elevator banks to bring people up to floors two to six.
EllisDon Facilities Management
Under the provincial government’s infrastructure model, West Park’s new hospital is classified as a Design, Build, Finance and Maintain (DBFM) project. This means the winning bidder, which is EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare, is responsible for designing, building and financing the new hospital. After construction is complete, the “maintenance” part of DBFM, comes into play where the facility will be maintained by EllisDon.
EllisDon will have its own administrative office to fulfill their obligations in managing the new hospital facility for 30 years. This includes items such as electrical and ventilation services, elevators, heating and cooling equipment, electricity and lighting.
During this period, EllisDon must meet performance requirements so West Park can operate and remain in good working order. Upon expiry of the 30 year maintenance term, EllisDon must hand back the facility to West Park in good condition.
Housekeeping staff will see their overall space approximately double in square footage, reflecting the increased demand for environmental services in the new facility due mainly to the larger footprint.
The new space will: