Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital
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Corner Brook Hospital
Location
Corner Brook, NL
Project Size
600,000
Year Completed
2023
Awards

Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships (CCPPP)

Project Delivery Silver Award (2020) LEED Silver (Target)

Certifications
LEED Silver (Target)

The Largest Geothermal System in Canadian Healthcare

How does a new hospital, designed to provide enhanced healthcare services over many decades, positively affect the surrounding environment? At Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital, one of the answers is underground.

Following a 17-month design build finance maintain process, the new Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital broke ground in the summer of 2019. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador selected Corner Brook Health Partnership - consisting of Plenary Group, PCL Constructors Canada,  Marco Services, and Johnson Controls Canada - as the Public Private Partnership (P3) project team to design and build the new hospital. Throughout this thorough process, the partnership sought to enhance the healthcare services of western Newfoundland and southern Labrador residents with cost-effective solutions that positively-affect the surrounding environment. Working with architects B+H Architects and Parkin Architects, the design team placed a heavy-emphasis on long-term, sustainable design solutions and targets, particularly when it came to the 600,000 square foot facility’s heating and cooling.

 

Renderings courtesy of Plenary Group

The Largest Geothermal System in Canadian Healthcare

How does a new hospital, designed to provide enhanced healthcare services over many decades, positively affect the surrounding environment? At Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital, one of the answers is underground.

Following a 17-month design build finance maintain process, the new Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital broke ground in the summer of 2019. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador selected Corner Brook Health Partnership - consisting of Plenary Group, PCL Constructors Canada,  Marco Services, and Johnson Controls Canada - as the Public Private Partnership (P3) project team to design and build the new hospital. Throughout this thorough process, the partnership sought to enhance the healthcare services of western Newfoundland and southern Labrador residents with cost-effective solutions that positively-affect the surrounding environment. Working with architects B+H Architects and Parkin Architects, the design team placed a heavy-emphasis on long-term, sustainable design solutions and targets, particularly when it came to the 600,000 square foot facility’s heating and cooling.

 

Renderings courtesy of Plenary Group
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“Regardless of the market sector or province, a geothermal system is a low-emission, low-energy, and cost-effective solution for building heating and cooling targeting zero emissions.”

Kevin Sharples

The mechanical and electrical systems within this $750-million healthcare facility were designed to complement and support the compact, functional design of the hospital. The ultimate goal for all disciplines involved was to minimize distances for clinicians, nurses, and housekeeping staff. High-efficiency, low-energy solutions were selected in order to achieve the LEED v4 Silver target, including LED lighting throughout the facility, complete with lighting control systems, daylight sensors, and occupancy sensors.

Arguably the most significant achievement of Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital is the geothermal system, which is utilized as the primary heating and cooling source in order to achieve significant energy reduction and operating cost savings over the entire lifespan of the facility. Located beneath the hospital’s parking lot, the geothermal field required approximately 375 boreholes drilled 600 feet deep for approximately half a million linear feet of piping. The largest geothermal system in a healthcare building across Canada, and the second largest geothermal system in any building type nationwide, this system will reduce the annual heating energy consumption and eliminates the use of fossil fuels. “

The energy model projected approximately 35 per cent energy cost savings as compared to the ASHRAE 90.1-2010 baseline model.

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Corner Brook Hospital
A connected, community-focussed healthcare facility and civic landmark.
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Corner Brook Hospital
Lighting controls, daylight sensors, and occupancy sensors maximize control that users and operators have over their space.
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Corner Brook Hospital
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Corner Brook Hospital
The geothermal field at Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital stretches for 96,000 square feet (or 1.7 football fields).