Roof, systems project undertaken to improve 1962 building

Barb LeDucNews

As those visiting Island Hospital may have noticed, a major construction project is underway, one that includes replacing a 57-year-old roof – that would typically have a lifespan of 25 years – heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment; fire-suppression system; and lighting. The roof and underlayment materials of the original hospital building (circa early 1960s) are being replaced with a modern roof and “drop” ceilings similar to the modern buildings on campus. The $5.2-million project, started in March and expected to be completed in December, required the temporary of clearing a number of offices, storage areas and other spaces. However, the impact on patient care is and will be minimal, according to Dave Scherer, Director of Facilities. “Interior work is being done during off-hours, so all services are being maintained.” “I have to note the overall participation by the entire hospital since we began, it’s been a team effort and I’m thankful for everyone’s patience and support. This is a very important project to preserve the integrity, contents and operations of this building.” Included in the areas being upgraded are the Island Hospital Foundation offices, Dietary office, Facilities Department, Administration, the Bistro and main hospital storeroom (part of the Supply Chain Department). The storeroom, purchasing and receiving areas had to be moved to allow for removal of the older, and … Read More