Ottawa Hospital Reveals Design for $ 2.8 Billion Civic Complex

Ottawa Hospital took a first look at plans for its new $ 2.8 billion Civic Campus on Tuesday morning.

The new site, which will open to the public in 2028, will be built just below Carling Avenue from the existing Civic Campus, which will come to the head of Preston Street and Prince of Wales Drive.

A view of the Ottawa Hospital plans the Civic campus from above Dover Lake.

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The main building, with a 2.5 million-square-foot facility, will see two towers connected by a central atrium of 11 storeys and seven storeys. Emergency care will be one floor below grade, while acute care will occupy the west wing and critical care beds will be in the east-facing tower.

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Additional buildings along with clinical, educational and research works will be built at the bottom of the campus.

The campus will be integrated into the nearby Experimental Farm and Dow’s Lake areas, with multiple roadways entering and connecting the hospital to the upcoming light-rail transit station as part of the Stage 2 LRT.

The main access to the site from Carling Avenue will take an underground entrance that leads patients directly to a pull-de-sac approach to emergency care and non-emergency visits. The ambulance will have access primarily from the back of the building.

Proposed flow for visitors to the new Civic complex.

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A proposed flow for emergency vehicles reaching the new Civic complex.

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Traffic impacts from the new Civic campus will be studied and presented to the city for consultation in the coming summer.

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Construction of initial works such as on-site parking garages could begin as early as next year, with full development on the project to begin in 2024.

Ottawa Hospital has submitted the initial design to the Ministry of Health as part of its Stage 2 proposal and is expecting sign-off on the project this summer.

The Ontario government is covering $ 2.1 billion in costs. A portion of the remaining shortfall is expected to be covered by a $ 400 million fundraising campaign.

more to come.

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