Social Services Projects

Client Survey, Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, BC - 2005

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At any one time the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP) has approximately 50,000 maintenance enforcement orders involving about 85,000 people, both payers and recipients. The Director of Maintenance Enforcement wanted a profile of FMEP clients. The profile was to include educational level, age, first language, income, culture and other similar demographic information. We involved front line personnel to develop the questions for a telephone survey of over 500 recipients. Next, we developed and administered a similar questionnaire aimed at payers. The recipient survey was completed in 2004. The payer survey was completed in 2005.

Clearwater Health Care Centre, BC - 1996

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The Ministry of Health is planning the development of an integrated Clearwater Health Care Centre. The new facility will replace the existing Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital and incorporate the existing Health Unit. The new facility will provide Emergency Care and contain eight Multipurpose Acute Inpatient beds and twelve Multilevel Care beds. A key challenge of the project was to define a facility that could be effectively operated at night by only two nursing staff. We were part of a team engaged to prepare a Functional Program and Conceptual Drawings for the proposed facility. The scope of work included development of net and gross area requirements, identification of internal functional relationships, assessment of site development options and preparation of capital cost estimates. Completed in 1996.

Saint Bartholomew’s Health and Healing Centre, Lytton, BC - 1995

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The Ministry of Health and the Thompson Nicola Regional District agreed to the joint development of an integrated Community Health and Healing Centre to replace the existing hospital. The new facility will provide Emergency Care, and contain six Multipurpose Acute Inpatient beds, ten Multilevel Care beds, and a new Health Unit providing outpatient services. An innovative element of the project will be a Native Healing Centre to meet the needs of area First Nations. We were part of a team that prepared a Facilities Program and Conceptual Drawings for the proposed Centre. The scope of work included development of net and gross area requirements, identification of internal functional relationships, assessment of site development options, and preparation of capital cost estimates. Completed in 1995.

Social Services Field Offices, Facilities Standards Study, BC - 1989

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The Ministry of Social Services and Housing has a network of field offices across British Columbia. The purpose of these offices is to deliver and manage social services programs. We prepared a manual of accommodation guidelines for field offices that would provide more consistency in the quality of space and streamline the process followed to obtain space. Our work involved extensive travel to study the operations in each different type of office in each region. We worked closely with a Steering Committee comprised of Ministry personnel from each region, plus headquarters staff, and representatives of BC Building Corporation. The manual specified the spatial, functional and special technical requirements of the various types of field offices. Completed in 1989.

Keewatin Boarding Home, Winnipeg, Manitoba - 1989

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Residents of the Keewatin Region in the Northwest Territories receive tertiary level health services by being flown to Winnipeg. While waiting to receive medical care, patients reside in a boarding home. We examined the relative costs and benefits of three options to improve the Keewatin Boarding Home: renovate the existing facility, relocate to a more suitable existing building, or construct a new facility. We assessed the demand for services; defined the facilities program; identified properties that could be purchased and modified to suit the program; and conducted comparative cost analyses. We coordinated input from consultants, users and clients in Winnipeg, Yellowknife and Rankin Inlet. The conclusion was to build a new 960 square metre facility. Completed in 1989.

Central City Mission, Vancouver, BC - 1989

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Central City Mission is a long-term care and treatment facility catering to men with alcohol-related problems. It is a specialized facility licensed for 120 intermediate care beds and 20 alcohol/drug recovery beds. The Board decided to replace the original 1910 structure with a new facility and a new site was identified. We assessed the feasibility of meeting the Mission’s functional requirements within the restrictions of the development parameters for the downtown, City-owned site. We determined the scale and nature of the facility; studied the City’s parking and retail requirements for the site; and assessed the opportunities and constraints of the high profile corner site. Two development options were documented, distinguished primarily by the amount of parking provided. The preferred option was a 10 000 square metres building with seven levels above-grade and three levels below-grade. Completed in 1989.