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Horizon Builders receives contract for $23 million project at Dauphin Regional Health Centre

An emergency department project designed by ft3 of Winnipeg, construction is expected to begin later this spring.


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Rendering of the Dauphin Regional Health Centre new emergency room. (source: ft3)

A construction contract has been awarded to Horizon Builders Ltd. from Brandon, Manitoba for a $23-million project to redevelop and expand the emergency department at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre—a project designed by ft3 of Winnipeg, the firm engaged to deliver architecture, landscape and interior design services.

Located within a residential neighborhood and bounded by the Vermillion River, a PCH, medical clinic, the community health services building and single family homes, the new emergency department will be approximately 13,411 sq.ft., new and renovated areas, plus an ambulance garage for patient drop-off.

Key aspects of the design concept will respond to the need for a welcoming, accessible, secure, spatially and operationally efficient and fluid facility.

According to ft3, the design is based on proven operational planning criteria and Lean thinking. A long term master-planning objective will be the mindset for future additions, overall access and way-finding. Standards for health care design such as CSA Z8000-11 and infection control will be adhered to.

The first phase of the project will be the creation of a temporary emergency department on the main floor of the building next to the existing main entrance and emergency department.

Phase two will be to renovate and expand the original location to include: an enclosed ambulance garage, decontamination room, trauma/resuscitation rooms, exam rooms, treatment rooms, triage, waiting, observation rooms, supply/utility rooms, special care and support functions, and a new main entry to the health centre including a driveway.

“Prairie Mountain Health is pleased this much-needed project is moving forward. The enhanced space and layout will improve Dauphin Regional Health Centre’s ability to provide safe, quality emergency room and special care unit care,” said Penny Gilson, CEO, Prairie Mountain Health, in a release making the announcement.  “The redevelopment project will also provide for better access to and within the facility for patients and their families and help sustain critical services for Dauphin and area for many years to come.”

Construction is expected to begin later this spring.