Safety and minimizing disturbance the top priorities during construction projects on 4 OMNI homes

Architects from G architects, pictured above, will be working on designs for four OMNI long-term care homes.

Architect Matt Galvin says residents often enjoy the construction process

Architect Matt Galvin says ensuring resident safety and minimizing disturbance will be top priorities during the construction of a new Riverview Manor and renovations to Pleasant Meadow Manor, Almonte Country Haven and Woodland Villa.

Construction on the four projects will start in fall 2019.

Pictured above, Matt Galvin, a partner at G architects.

Galvin, a partner with Toronto-based G architects, the firm commissioned by OMNI Health Care to design the four projects, notes the transition will be entirely seamless for Riverview Manor, since a new home is being built in Peterborough. For residents and staff members at Pleasant Meadow Manor, Almonte Country Haven and Woodland Villa, Galvin says they can be assured their safety and comfort will be top of mind.

“One of the first things we’re going to be doing is developing a detailed phasing and temporary condition plan to make sure the construction is going to be safe for everyone and making sure that food service will not be disturbed throughout the process,” Galvin tells The OMNIway.

“That phasing and temporary condition planning is being worked on by a whole team of professionals. Resident safety and ongoing operations will be closely monitored.”

G architects has extensive experience designing long-term care homes, and Galvin says there’s often anxiety about the impact construction will have on residents when homes are being renovated. The good news, he says, is that once construction begins, residents are often keenly interested in the process.

“I can say from experience that residents often love a construction site,” he says. “It’s often very entertaining for residents, and (the builders) need to find out who all the retired tradesmen are in the homes (and engage them).

“I have often seen that a home undergoing an addition or renovation gets the benefit of about 200 informal site supervisors,” Galvin chuckles.

Four OMNI homes recently received approval for redevelopment. Pleasant Meadow Manor in Norwood has been approved for an additional 35 beds, Woodland Villa in Long Sault has been approved or an additional 17 beds and Almonte Country Haven in Lanark County will be adding 14 beds. Funding has also been approved to build a new 160-bed Riverview Manor will be built in Peterborough.

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