Somerset West Community Health Centre purchased an existing building at 30 Rosemount in Ottawa to house their new satellite community health centre in the heart of Hintonburg. Program elements for the new centre include a medical clinic, administrative offices, community meeting rooms, an acupuncture clinic, and counselling offices. Barrier-free access was also provided to all floors by installing a new elevator.
SWCHC hired CSV initially to conduct a feasibility study prior to purchasing the property. Following the land purchase CSV worked with SWCHC and Jackson-Brown Associates (Project Managers) to develop a fuctional program for the building. CSV then proceeded with standard Architectural services and coordination of consultants including design to meet CSA Z8000 standard for medical offices.
The existing building, constructed c. 1914/15 started its life as a Methodist church and served that function until 1931. It has since served as a synagogue, and a Knights of Columbus hall before it was converted to offices in the 1980s. The large arched front window is a heritage element remaining from the original construction.
This project incorporated a wide range of sustainable design measures, intended to improve occupant well-being and maintenance costs. Materials with high-recycled content, low-VOC content, and regional manufacture were selected. CFC refrigerants were eliminated, and a high level of waste diversion from landfill was achieved by creating and enforcing a waste management plan. Resource conserving fixtures and equipment were selected and CSV assisted SWCHC to obtain incentive funding through Hydro Ottawa's saveONenergy retrofit program.