Former Shelburne District Hospital becomes housing in $4.5 million Dufferin County project

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    Ontario Construction Report staff writer

    The former Shelburne District Hospital, closed in 2010, after a hospital amalgamation and modernization initiative, is receiving a new life and purpose.

    The Dufferin County building will become housing, including 10 affordable units and 14 municipally-controlled units. Three will be barrier free. The building has set aside 3,417 sq. ft. of ground floor space, which the community hopes will be used for a walk-in medical clinic to help fill the void left by the amalgamation.

    Designed by Dickinson + Hicks Architects Inc., the project is being constructed by Bertram Construction (Ontario) Ltd. Project manager Mark Campsall says work is progressing well and it will be completed in April 2014 as planned.

    The contractor retained the building’s shell, but is replacing virtually everything else.  “The HVAC will be replaced and the electrical upgraded,” Campsall said. “The sewer services are new and new stormwater controls have been put into place. The elevator has been removed and a new one will be installed.”

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    Windows have also been removed and will be replaced with more modern, higher-efficiency models. Spray insulation will be added to both floors and an additional eight inches of insulation will be added to the roof to improve the building envelope.

    “The building will be getting some new cladding and we’re adding a small vestibule with curtain wall which will help bring more natural light into the main entrance,” says Campsall.

    Housing will be comprised primarily of one-bedroom units with a few multiple-bedroom suites. Tenants will have access to an on-site laundry.

    Demolition work had been completed by mid-November and framing was underway to convert the interior space into the residential units.

    Campsall says the work is being completed with local trades and that the project has been virtually challenge-free. “The County of Dufferin has been a great partner to work with and the architect has been very responsive throughout. Things are going well.”

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    The $4.5 million project is being supported by a provincial Investment in Affordable Housing grant of $852,000, with $10,000 in seed money from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. The balance will be covered through the county’s rate stabilization fund and an estimated $1,980,000 from development charges over the 20-year life of an infrastructure funding loan.

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