Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre

Expansion Program

The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre is the only hospital in Barrie serving city residents as well as patients from a large geographical region, including Simcoe County and the districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound. It specializes in acute care, cancer care, surgical services, critical care, mental health rehabilitation services, and women and children’s programs.

HH Angus undertook a major development / expansion / renovation program of 300,000 ft2, including:

  • new four-bunker Cancer Centre
  • new/expanded Emergency Department
  • new/expanded Diagnostic Imaging Department
  • surgical suite expansion
  • addition of six 34-bed patient pods
  • infrastructure upgrades, including re-routing and upgrading incoming 44KV services and additional diesel generator capacity
  • extension and upgrades to various building systems such as chillers, boilers, fire alarm, nurse call, security & CCTV, and the Building Automation System.

The project was conducted through Infrastructure Ontario as a design build construction, with the Hospital retaining control of the design. HH Angus worked closely with the Hospital under tight time constraints to successfully design and implement a phasing plan that allowed the Hospital to continue operation during construction, and to produce a concise set of documents suitable for competitive tendering.

The project was heavily phased and much detail was spent on determining how the mechanical and electrical design was to be integrated with the phasing. The concept, design and contract document stage was completed in about twelve months. 

As the redevelopment doubled the size of the facility and the existing heating and cooling plants could not be expanded due to space constraints, a second plant was constructed. To help the Hospital with operations and to improve redundancy, HH Angus integrated the two plants so that each plant could heat/cool the entire facility under restricted operation. The existing control system was upgraded and expanded so that Facilities Management could manage a single control system for both new and existing areas.

Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Lighting Design

Size: 300,000 ft2 | Status: Completed 2013

Barrie, Ontario

Major development, expansion and renovation | Phased construction to permit ongoing operation | Second heating and cooling plant integrated with existing plant