Windsor, ON, is also in the process of building a new hospital. They propose a 10-storey building with numerous wings upon which additions can be appended.
Like all artist conceptions, there’s an abundance of space coloured green, and of empty space. Walking from parking to the entrance will contribute greatly to your 10,000 steps-a-day quota.
Following Provincial guidelines, they looked for a 50-60 acre site, citing the need to allow for building expansion, but looking at the site plan shows most of the site is parking lot, and the initial expansions require minimal additional area.
The site will need $23 million of road upgrades in order to open. These are not part of the hospital capital cost. The hospital proponents claim these roads would be required in the future, anyway.
The hospital has pictures showing how accessible the site is to automobiles, ie within a 10-12 kilometer radius. It claims to be on a future bus route, but no accessibility data by transit is noted.
Everything I saw on their web sites assumes access by motor vehicle is the norm. If the car-deprived-by-poverty or the auto-free-by-choice folks need medical care, they’re going to attend a smaller facility in the core. Maybe there will be a public shuttle from there to the “growth area” locale to visit your mom.
The selected site is currently farmland, or suburban-growth-land-in-training.
It is a sub-urban site:
For Ottawa residents considering the new hospital, some takeaways:
- there are a limited number of hospital design firms
- there may be some generally accepted current facility designs
- hospitals designed and built just before ours offer good clues as to what ours might be like
- even if located directly on a transit corridor (eg Trillium Line at Carling) we will still need lots of road access
- expect sites such as #11 (Carling and Preston) to “require” new on and off ramps in all directions at Rochester/Queensway ( concept drawings extend Isabella back to Rochester Street, I expect the same for Catherine extending to incorporate Raymond St all the way to the Rochester westbound on ramp)
- extensive parking lots will be built, and rationalized as “temporary” until the hospital expands
- we do not have modal split data on hand for Canadian hospitals in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver (LRT-type transit) or Toronto or Montreal (metros/subways)
- what is the modal split for the Ottawa General campus, which epitomizes car-centric thinking?
- a top consultant at one of the largest planning firms in Canada advises me that hospitals are notoriously low traffic generators for transit