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Garry J Armstrong Home & Allan House Redevelopment

Garry J Armstrong Home & Allan House Redevelopment

This P3 project was designed to provide Ottawa residents with a state-of-the-art long-term care facility and new modern retirement residence for seniors. The project was undertaken at the site of the former Island Lodge complex on Porter’s Island in the centre of the city. It includes construction of the Garry J. Armstrong Long-Term Care Home and a new ten-storey retirement residence for seniors at the site of the former Allan House.

The former Island Lodge complex included two buildings: Bradford House and Allan House. The first phase of the island’s redevelopment saw the residents of the former Bradford House relocated to the new Peter D. Clark Long-Term Care Centre in Centrepointe. Bradford House was then demolished to make way for construction of the new Garry J. Armstrong Home, completed in June 2005. Residents of Allan House were moved into the Garry J. Armstrong Home, and Allan House will now be demolished to make way for construction of a new ten-storey retirement residence, with anticipated occupancy in spring 2007.

The $22.34 million Garry J. Armstrong Home is a 180-bed long-term care facility, while the new multi-million dollar, ten-storey retirement residence on the site of the former Allan House will provide 128 independent living units for seniors. Both facilities enjoy a tranquil and parkland setting with stunning views of downtown Ottawa, Parliament Hill and the Gatineau Hills.

Benefits of the Garry J. Armstrong Home and Allan House redevelopment to residents

  • New long-term care facilities available in a timely manner
  • Builds long-term care at the best value to the City
  • Increases programming and services
  • Offers more independent living capacity within the City for seniors
  • Allows residents to benefit from the expertise of private-sector partners specialized in retirement living
  • Ensures a high standard of quality in housing and support services for seniors
  • Develops a common vision for all activities on Porter’s Island

Where are the Garry J. Armstrong Home and Allan House located?

The Garry J. Armstrong Home and former Allan House are located on Island Lodge Road off St. Patrick Street near the Byward Market in Ottawa. View a map to the Garry J. Armstrong Home and Allan House Redevelopment.

Milestones

The completion of the Garry J. Armstrong Home is the first phase of a project to replace aging seniors facilities on Porter’s Island. The second phase will see the demolition of the former Allan House to make way for the construction of a new ten-storey retirement residence. City Council approved staff’s recommendation for these facilities to be developed as a P3 in March 2003, and the search for a private-sector partner was launched. In September 2003, PCL was awarded the contract to build the Garry J. Armstrong Long-Term Care Home, and construction was launched in April 2004. The Centre was completed in June 2005 when residents and staff of the former Allan House moved into their new home. An opening ceremony is planned for September 2005 once all residents are comfortably settled into the new facility. As part of this P3 agreement, CPL was also awarded the contract to demolish Allan House and develop the site into a new ten-storey retirement residence. This part of the project can advance now that residents of Allan House have been safely relocated to the new Garry J. Armstrong Home. The new residence on the site of the former Allan House is expected to be ready for occupancy by spring 2007.

Project Partners

The Garry J. Armstrong Home was created as a result of a Public-Private Partnership (P3), which will also include the redevelopment of the former Allan House into a new retirement residence for seniors. Through a Request for Qualifications process, the City received four proposals; all four were short-listed. Each firm was then asked to submit a formal proposal for the facility in response to a Request for Proposal. The joint proposal by PCL and Central Park Lodges Ltd. most closely matched the City’s objectives for a P3 partnership, and they were awarded the contract.

Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will also contribute capital funding of $661,000 annually for 20 years ($13.2 million) to assist this project.

About PCL

Established in 1906, the PCL family of companies is the largest general contracting organization in Canada, and among the largest in the United States. The company is owned by over 1600 employee shareholders. PCL’s Ottawa District Operation is located in Nepean, with approximately 100 full-time professionals dedicated to construction excellence.

Over the last ten years alone, PCL has erected some of Ottawa’s most notable structures, including the new Passenger Terminal Building at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, the Corel Centre, La Cité Collégiale’s Ottawa Campus, the Justice Headquarters Consolidation Project (i.e. the East Memorial Building), Nortel’s Carling Campus Expansion and the National Archives’ Gatineau Preservation Centre, to name a few. Recent achievements also include the new Canadian War Museum and the 181 Queen Street office development in downtown Ottawa, housing the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Public Works & Government Services Canada (PWGSC). Learn more at PCL’s Web site.

About CPL

Central Park Lodges (CPL) is dedicated to providing seniors with high-quality retirement living‚ long-term care and home health care. The company offers a wide range of accommodations and services to suit individual needs, including retirement residences, long-term care homes, nursing and community healthcare agencies, 24 hour/7 day immediate placement services and construction and development services. CPL is an industry leader in the design, development, construction, procurement and operation of Long Term Care Homes.
Find out how the partnership works, or learn more about these P3 partners by visiting their Web sites through the links above.

Contact the Garry J. Armstrong Home

Contact the Garry J. Armstrong Home at 613-789-5100, or write to the Garry J. Armstrong Home, 200 Island Lodge Road, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M2.

About the facility

The Garry J. Armstrong Home is a 12,985 sq m (139,774 sq ft), 8 storey, 180 bed long-term care facility, while the new ten-storey retirement residence that will be built on the site of the former Allan House will provide 128 independent living units for seniors. Situated on the 2.8 hectare (7acre) Porter’s Island, both facilities enjoy a tranquil and parkland setting with stunning views of downtown Ottawa, Parliament Hill and the Gatineau Hills.

About the Garry. J. Armstrong Long-Term Care Home

  • Construction of the Garry J. Armstrong Home was undertaken by PCL Contractors Canada Inc. (PCL).
  • Design was completed by J.L. Richards and Associates and approved by Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • The new facility was named “Garry J. Armstrong Long-Term Care Home” after the former Region of Ottawa-Carleton’s Commissioner of Homes for the Aged.
  • 60 per cent private rooms and 40 per cent basic rooms with en-suite washrooms
  • 30 residents live on each of the Centre’s six residence floors
  • Innovative interior design provides residents with a home-living atmosphere

Each resident floor is organized into three individual wings of 10 residents each around a central core of common spaces. Spacious exterior balconies on each floor will afford outdoor access on a daily basis to all residents. The design also includes a protected garden accessible from the resident lounge on the lower level.

Other features of Garry J Armstrong Long-Term Care Home:

  • The provision of 100% outside air and specialized airflow of the suites will help to reduce the spread of airborne viruses and other pathogens, and keep air fresh and clean. Heat recovery is installed in the suite exhaust system to reduce energy consumption.
  • The emergency power system is sized to accommodate the full building load, enabling residents to remain in place in a fully operational facility in the event of an extended power outage.
  • The primary space heating system for the facility is a hot water perimeter radiation system supplied by natural gas fired boilers. The boilers were selected to provide optimal energy efficiency and life cycle cost recovery. Back-up heating is provided by a stand-by electric boiler, to be used in the event of a natural gas supply interruption.
  • Air conditioning and heating are controlled for best results throughout the building by the building automation system.
  • Card access security system including special access devices on all exit stairs and exterior doors ensures the safety of elderly residents throughout the day.

About Allan House

The vacated Allan House building will be demolished and a new independent living seniors residence will be constructed and operated by Central Park Lodges (CPL). This phase of the project will begin in the fall of 2005. The ten-storey, 128-unit facility will include extensive amenities such as a library, chapel, woodworking shop, theatre and penthouse lounge. There will be a selection of studio, one and two bedroom suites. The glass and masonry construction with a metal mansard roof will be in the style of historic Ottawa buildings. A number of features will be included for resident safety and security; for example, residents will be able to access a call system to internal staff at all times in case of emergency. The anticipated occupancy is spring 2007.

How the partnership works

  • PCL will construct the Garry J. Armstrong Home at a cost of $22.34 million (plus G.S.T.) to be paid for by the City.
  • The 180-bed Garry J. Armstrong Long-Term Care Home and its property will be owned and operated by the City.
  • The outdated Allan House seniors facility will be transferred to Central Park Lodges Ltd (CPL) and demolished to make way for the construction of a new private seniors residence.
  • The new seniors residence, which will be operated by CPL, will be similar in size, scale and height to the former Allan House, which will be demolished once residents and staff have completed their moved into the Garry J. Armstrong Home. The new residence will provide a home for up to 150 seniors and will feature:
    • Resident services for independent seniors, including laundry, meals, cleaning, daily assistance and nursing supervision
    • One-bedroom, two-bedroom and studio suites, each with their own washroom and kitchenette
    • A variety of amenities, including a dining room, chapel, lounges, library, theatre and exercise area
  • $2 million will be provided to the City for a 50-year ground lease for the new seniors residence on the former Allan House site.
  • Ownership of the new seniors residence on the Allan House site reverts back to the City at the end of the lease at no cost.
  • Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will contribute $661,000 annually for 20 years ($13.2 million) to this project.

Committee and council reports

Along the path towards completion of new city facilities under Public-Private Partnerships, there are a number of reports presented to various Committees and Council, which form the basis for decisions about location, scope, budgets, timelines and other issues related to the facility. You can review the reports related to the Garry J. Armstrong Home and Allan House redevelopment, as follows:

26 June 2002
Public-Private Partnerships

23 October 2002
Public-Private Partnership (P3) Projects for Earliest Implementation

20 March 2003
The Garry J. Armstrong Home

15 April 2003
Public-Private Partnership – Garry J. Armstrong Home

19 August 2003
Public-Private Partnership (P3) Project – Garry J. Armstrong Home

16 September 2003
Public-Private Partnership (P3) Project – Garry J. Armstrong Home

FAQs

What is the Garry J. Armstrong Home?

The Garry J. Armstrong Home is a 180-bed long-term care facility in central Ottawa.

What is the Allan House redevelopment?

Allan House is an outdated long-term care centre that will be demolished to make way for a new 128-unit seniors residence in central Ottawa, operated by CPL.

What is special about the Garry J. Armstrong Home?

The Garry J. Armstrong Home has a number of special features designed to accommodate the needs of its residents, and to ensure that they enjoy their home. Each new private or semi-private room has its own en-suite washroom and windows with a wonderful view of the river and grounds. Recreational areas on each floor provide many different social opportunities, and the facility’s library, hairdresser and onsite dentist allow residents to satisfy most of their needs right in the building. A spa on each floor allows residents to pamper themselves and provides special whirlpool treatment where needed.

There are several fireplaces to curl up by, including one in each dining room and a large stone one in the lower atrium. Large circular balconies are on all six resident floors for easy access to the outdoors, and a country kitchen enables residents and their families to cook and serve special meals. There are paved walkways throughout the gardens and grounds to ensure accessibility by wheelchair, and a beautiful cedar deck overlooking the western river, where sunsets are at their best. A special filtered air system ensures that any airborne viruses do not spread within the building, and access through all doors is controlled for the safety of residents.

What is special about the new independent seniors residence?

The new seniors residence that will be constructed on the site of the former Allan House will provide a home for up to 150 seniors and will feature:

  • Resident services for independent seniors, including laundry, meals, cleaning, daily assistance and nursing supervision
  • One-bedroom, two-bedroom and studio suites, each with their own washroom and kitchenette
  • A variety of amenities, including a dining room, chapel, lounges, library, theatre and exercise area

How big is the Garry J. Armstrong Home?

The Garry J. Armstrong Home cares for 180 residents in both private and semi-private rooms. It is 12,985 sq m (139,774 sq ft) large, has eight stories, and is located on 2.8 hectares (7 acres) on Porter’s Island.

Where are the Garry J. Armstrong Home and Allan House located?

The Garry J. Armstrong Home and former Allan House are located on Island Lodge Road off St. Patrick Street near the Byward Market in Ottawa. View a map to the Garry J. Armstrong Home and Allan House Redevelopment.

What types of activities does the Garry J. Armstrong Home support?

The Garry J. Armstrong Home was designed to support the long-term care needs of its residents, their families, and the facility’s staff. Since the Centre is the full-time home of its patients, a variety of activities are supported onsite, and are complemented by off-site visits that are arranged by the facility’s caring staff. Onsite facilities include a main kitchen with dining lounges on every floor, charming fireplaces on every floor as well as a large stone fireplace that provides a focal point for the atrium, a bar and tea room, pool table and recreational rooms, whirlpool tub and large circular balcony on each floor, a county kitchen where residents and their families can make and serve food, a network of paths around the manicured gardens and grounds, a cedar deck overlooking sunsets on the river, a library, a hairdresser and an onsite dentist.

When will the new seniors residence open on the site of Allan House?

The former Allan House will be demolished to make way for the building of a new ten-storey, 128-unit seniors’ residence, which is anticipated to be ready for occupancy in spring 2007.

How do I contact the Garry J. Armstrong Home?

Contact the Garry J. Armstrong Home at 613-789-5100, or write to the Garry J. Armstrong Home, 200 Island Lodge Road, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M2.