HAWKESBURY — The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) officially celebrated the groundbreaking of its new long-term care residence yesterday afternoon. Although construction began last February on the replacement Prescott and Russell Residence, the ceremony was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The current Residence counted a dozen lives lost to the virus during an outbreak last year.
The new facility will be located at 900 Spence Avenue in Hawkesbury, only steps from the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital. Compared to the existing facility, the new location will offer 78 additional beds for a total of 224. The $90-million project is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Infrastructure, represented at the online virtual event by ministers Laurie Scott and Merrilee Fullerton respectively.
“This new building will meet the needs of the community, provide an excellent quality of life for residents, and ensure that the highest quality of service and safety standards are maintained for years to come,” stated Stéphane Sarrazin, Warden of the UCPR.
The new Residence will feature a central public courtyard, internal courtyards, as well as generous fenestration to ensure excellent lighting throughout the building. In addition, the plans developed by the architectural firm HDR include a large multi-purpose room, an inviting dining room, landscaped outdoor areas, a beauty salon, as well as comfortable basic, semi-private, and private rooms.
“This major project on which we have been working for a few years now is among the most significant accomplishments of the UCPR. I am therefore extremely proud to see the construction is underway, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the stakeholders for their invaluable support,” added Stéphane P. Parisien, Chief Administrative Officer of the UCPR.
The new workspaces and modern equipment will allow the staff to offer quality care in a safe environment. Inviting and functional care stations will be located at the entrance of each living area to best serve and welcome residents. Additional space has also been planned, beyond the minimum requirements and standards, to facilitate the daily operation of the Residence.
“Despite some delays due to the pandemic and market conditions, we are confident that the General Contractor, HEIN, will complete construction by the end of 2023 and that the relocation of the first residents will occur in the second quarter of 2024,” explained Andrew Rodrigues, Senior Project Manager at Colliers Project Leaders.