Capital Planning Process-An Overview

The Capital Planning process for hospital redevelopment is made up of five stages each of which requires input from the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN (Local Health Integration Network) and Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MoHLTC) approval before moving on.  Each stage also updates cost projections as planning is fine-tuned.

Stage 1 A & B – Master Plan & Master Program
These two planning studies explore in detail and articulate future program/service planning and the related future physical infrastructure planning.  The Master Program reflects CGMH’s present and future service role within the community outlining current and projected programs and services, workload, staffing and departmental space requirements.

The Master Plan is a high-level design of how various site options might be developed to meet community requirements over the next 50 year.  The Master Plan provides an overall evaluation and summary of each of the three options submitted:   building on existing site, expanded Hume Street site, and a new build on a greenfield site.

CGMH’s preferred option is a greenfield build on the Poplar Sideroad site.

Stage 2 – Functional Program
This stage further defines the scope of the project in terms of the programs and services being proposed and how these fit into facility planning. The Functional Program also describes in more detail, the staffing impact, major equipment and space requirements and required department adjacencies with special attention to architectural and environmental conditions.

Stage 3 – Preliminary Design
During this stage the detailed Functional Program is translated into a two-dimensional design format of preliminary block and sketch level design.  Block schematics provide a description of the design concepts, the location & relationship of major departments, the primary horizontal & vertical circulation routes and the location & elevation of major entrances to and exits from the building.  A design brief describes the proposed structural and mechanical systems.  Sketch plans include an integrated site development plan showing existing and final contours, road and parking areas, drainage systems and landscaping.

Stage 4 – Working Drawings
This is the pre-construction phase, when detailed working drawings are developed and contract documents for tender are drafted and submitted for approval.  Once approved, the tendering process begins.  It must be open, competitive and public.

Stage 5 – Implementation
Approval to award the tender takes place and construction begins.  Construction can take upwards of 24 months.