Our New Home
Brock Community Health Centre is currently involved in an extensive capital project that will see construction of a 21,000-square-foot health care facility for the residents of Brock Township and surrounding areas. The new centre will be located at 39 Cameron St. W. in Cannington, the central core of Brock Township. The building will bring together the current programs provided by Brock CHC. In addition to the space assigned to clinical, educational, health promotion and community development functions, dedicated space will be available for programming associated with Brock CHC’s two priority populations: seniors and youth. The building will be readily accessible by pedestrian or vehicular traffic and will be close to Durham Transit. Brock CHC will continue to have a primary care presence in the Beaverton Thorah Health Centre.
In keeping with Brock CHC’s commitment to community partnership and service integrations, an agreement in principle has been reached with Community Care Durham to co-locate their Brock Township services in the new building. Brock CHC has also secured the commitment of the Region of Durham Oral Health Program and the Dental Hygiene of Durham College to both provide services in the dental suites that are being constructed.
There will also be office and program space available for other community agencies to deliver their services in collaboration with Brock CHC in the north of Durham. Various organizations have expressed interest in co-locating in a “community service hub-like” environment. Technology, such as Brock CHC’s Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) connection, will be fully utilized by all programs and professionals enabling ready access to specialists not normally available in our rural community.
Click here to view a video walkthrough of the building, prepared by Lett Architects.
The MOHLTC’s Capital Project Protocol
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) requires all health service organizations with capital projects in Ontario (e.g., a hospital, a home for the aged, a community health centre, etc.) to follow a comprehensive and detailed planning and implementation protocol. Each capital project must successfully complete the required steps and receive the necessary MOHLTC approvals as the project moves from the planning stages, to design, to construction, and to occupancy. In addition, the Central East Local Health Integration Network (CE LHIN) has an essential role in reviewing and approving the planning stages of all MOHLTC funded capital projects.
The basic steps in the MOHLTC capital planning process are as follows:
Pre-Capital: requiring justification for a project
Stage 1: requiring a detailed plan for review by the MOHLTC and the CE LHIN
Stage 2: requiring detailed functional programming, preliminary design, cost estimate
Stage 3: requiring block schematic design, design development, cost estimate
Stage 4: requiring working drawings, specifications, cost estimate, tender documents
Stage 5: requiring construction, commissioning, substantial performance, occupancy.
Where Are We Now in the Process?
Update – April 21, 2021
Brock CHC continues to work closely with the MOHLTC’s Health Capital Investment Branch and the CE LHIN on the capital project. We are currently waiting for approval of Stage 3.2. As the community eagerly awaits the start of construction of the new Brock CHC health care facility, extensive work is being done behind the scenes to advance the process. Stage 4.1 of the Ministry’s Capital Project Protocol, which includes working drawings, specifications, cost estimate and tender documents, is almost complete and ready for submission to the Ministry, with approval of Stage 3.2 pending.
Below is a highlight of recent activities that have been underway, led by our architect, Lett Architects:
- All working drawings, including architectural, mechanical and electrical, are complete and have been approved by the Brock CHC Board of Directors, as well as the selection of colour board/finishes.
- The Site Plan Agreement Application has been submitted to the Township of Brock and is currently being negotiated.
- Work by Elexicon Energy is being arranged to bring services to the lot that fit the site plan requirements.
- The Building Permit Application has been submitted to the Township.
- Pre-qualifications for qualified General Contractors are being sought through the Canadian Construction Tenders listing.
As with any capital project of this magnitude, unforeseeable items beyond our control have resulted in some delays and increased costs. These challenges have been met with determination and perseverance of our Board members, staff and our architect who continue to work closely with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Central East Local Health Integration Network. The construction stage is anticipated to begin late 2021/early 2022, with occupancy in 2023.
Brock CHC Capital Campaign
While the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Health Capital Investment Branch is funding the majority of the building costs (estimated at $9.7 million dollars), Brock CHC is responsible for the non-shared costs of the project, currently estimated at $450,000. Brock Community Health Centre has secured The Regional Municipality of Durham’s support and financial contribution of 25 per cent of the community component of the capital project, approximately $100,000 towards Brock CHC’s capital project and the Capital Campaign Cabinet has successfully raised the remaining funds. A very special thanks to David Slabodkin, CEO of Canada Protection Plan and Board Chair of The Nourish and Develop Foundation, for his contribution of over $100,000 through a donation matching pledge and a very special thank you to the community at large for their generosity and support of this worthwhile project!