Addition and Renovation to the Chaleur Regional Hospital

Bathurst, NB

The Chaleur Regional Hospital is located in Bathurst. It includes approximately 215 beds and provides a wide range of primary, secondary and specialty services – such as outpatient, surgical, diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitation, and maternal and children services. The Chaleur Regional Hospital is an authorized partner of the Université de Sherbrooke Family Medicine Program, and the Université de Moncton and University of New Brunswick’s Nursing Programs.

The project involves the construction of an addition to the building’s west façade. The five-storey building with a total area of approximately 11,507 square meters will add new patient and birth rooms, as well as dialysis, outpatient, oncology, pediatric and administrative services. The hospital expansion is currently under construction. This construction phase includes foundation and structural work, and the installation of exterior walls.

Once the expansion is complete, a major renovation of the existing tower will be undertaken on more than 10,000 square meters to bring the building up to standards, while maintaining patient services. Complete engineering services are provided by Roy Consultants.

The scope of the project is all the more important when we consider that the entire building must meet today’s standards at project closure. Since the building was built to the 1967 standards, several aspects of the building must be modified or added accordingly, including but not limited to the bracing structure, fire suppression system, smoke control system, medical gas system, generator, emergency exit architecture, materials used for ventilation and heating systems, seismic supports for non-structural elements, etc.

For operational reasons, the new building must also be constructed using the same floor elevations as the existing one. However, existing floors were constructed with restricted ceiling spaces using mechanical system technologies that are no longer accepted by today’s standards. To resolve the situation, one floor of the entire building will be transformed into a mechanical space and eight new ventilation systems will be installed to ventilate the new spaces as well as the renovated ones.