The existing residence, constructed in 2001 near Ottawa's Byward Market, has 100 units with a full range of services, including meals, housekeeping, laundry, security and recreational activities. It includes 21 units for retirees who require assisted living.
Pomerleau constructed a second, eight-storey building with 76 apartments and a two-level underground parking garage.
This project was carried out without disrupting the normal operations of the residence or causing inconvenience to the residents of the adjoining buildings.
- Hotel lifestyle: living room with fireplace, bistro, billiards room, whirlpool, spa, interior parking and other features expected from a quality residence;
- Evolving Care: Rideau Gardens has one floor (33 units grouped around a central medical/nursing station staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) dedicated to providing fully-assisted living to non-autonomous retirees. Renters in the rest of the building can access assistance with personal hygiene and getting dressed (light loss of autonomy). A pharmacist on the premises means that residents do not have to leave the building to purchase their medications; and
- Safety: All floors are equipped with a sprinker system and firewalls. Each apartment is equipped with an emergency call system connected to the nursing station.