Transforming Healthcare In Ottawa

The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) provides regional health care services to the greater Ottawa and Eastern Ontario region, Western Quebec and Nunavut, with a vision, “to provide each patient with the world-class care, exceptional service and compassion we would want for our loved ones”. To this end, TOH has embarked on a notable hospital investment plan and has retained Parsons directly to assist in realizing this vision.

Located on the heart of Canada’s Capital on 20 hectare (50acre) site, TOH is developing a new regional health care centre that in their own words will include, “a new state-of-the-art health care facility and academic research centre that will support our leadership to reshape the future of health care, train the next generation of health care workers and expand our support for the discovery of new life-changing research”. The site is served by the City of Ottawa’s light rail transit (LRT) line for which our team had led the early planning and design of for the City. The site is also located on federal leased lands surrounded by Dow’s Lake, the historic Rideau Canal, and the Central Experimental Farm. The campus will host 6,000 workers employed in health care delivery, research, and associated activities. The new hospital will feature highly specialized inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and trauma services, and provide more than 600 beds to the hospital’s portfolio.

Our team is providing fundamental urban planning, environmental planning, transportation planning, and civil engineering services to assist in TOH, their management consultants (GBA), and their architects (HDR) in the development of this site. We completed the project’s early development feasibility studies that examined urban planning policies, on-site environmental conditions, cultural heritage, transportation networks, and municipal servicing requirements. Next we played a key role on the project’s master planning team, and helped evolve the physical plan. We then assisted the hospital to navigate the myriad of municipal, provincial, and federal approvals required to move towards project implementation.

Now that a constructor has been retained by TOH, we are currently providing detailed engineering designs for on and off-site roadways and municipal services, and we are providing compliance auditing, site inspections, and engineering services during construction. Construction on an early phase broke ground in 2023, and the main hospital itself with be under construction in 2025.

This project showcases the broad, multi-disciplinary service offerings of our team that has been based in Ottawa since 1955. Our relationships with all levels of government, and our experiences on thousands of planning and engineering assignments in the Capital were harnessed by the hospital to help advance their once-in-a-generation $2.8 B investment plan. We are so very proud to be supporting TOH every step of the way towards project completion in 2028.

About The Author

Ronald Clarke is a professional transportation and urban planner, facility designer, and project manager who is a recognized subject matter expert in the planning, design, and construction implementation of urban renewal investments, including master plans, corridor design plans, and individual projects that transform our cities and towns.

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