Ontario Construction News staff writer
Construction is underway in the County of Brant where a 41,365 sq. ft. health hub will provide a range of community health care and services under one roof including family physicians, health care practitioners, community support agencies, health supplies, and other health care and social services.
“This health hub is happening, and it is happening now, it’s happening quickly,” said local physician, Dr. John McDonald.
“This County of Brant needs this health hub. It means something to this community.”
“It means stabilization of local services.”
Confirmed tenants include PrimaCare Community Family Health Team, Cobblestone Medicine and Rehab Centre, Brantford Radiology, Life Labs, Sound Choice Hearing Health Services, Northville Pharmacy, Grand River Community Health Centre, Alzheimer Society, Nova Vita, Participation Support Services, Brant Family and Children’s Services.
The Brant Community Health Hub building will be comprised of sustainable design features such as a vegetated “green” roof, highly insulated building envelope, solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations, and energy efficient fixtures and equipment. Construction is expected to be completed in summer of 2021.
“In 2018, council discussed and made a number of decisions related to the development of a health care facility in the county,” Mayor David Bailey said. “A lot of progress and good decisions have been made and we are excited to see the first shovel in the ground.”
Council approved the awarding of the contract for the 41,365-square-foot building at 25 Curtis Ave. in Paris to Norlon Builders of London. The company is working with Edge Architects, of Waterloo.
“Improving access to health-care and community services in the County of Brant has been identified as a vitally important and growing need,” Bailey said.
“The health hub will provide our community with a stable framework for a healthy community and reduce the burden on an already overextended hospital system.”
The centre is being constructed with sustainable design features, including a vegetated “green” roof, solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations and energy efficient fixtures and equipment.
A $1 million fundraising campaign to support the centre is planned. Naming opportunities will be available for major donors.