With 4 stories and a penthouse, a total of 20,000 square meters of space, the new Corner Brook Long-Term Care Facility will provide 236 beds for long-term care, including a veteran's unit, plus four dementia care units, each with 10 beds, housed in residential duplexes. Located on the west coast of Newfoundland, it will be the first provincial government "green building" in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The project, which is being LEED® registered, will incorporate many "green" technologies, including:
- The largest ground source vertical heat exchanger in Atlantic Canada;
- A no-energy input, onsite tertiary standard wastewater treatment system through an engineered wetland;
- Water efficiency measure to reduce daily flow to 40% below government design standard;
- A high performance building envelope that assists in predicted 50% annual energy savings;
- A passive onsite surface runoff, storm water treatment and retention system.
The Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL) 2007 Environmental Award was presented to the provincial Department of Transportation and Works "in recognition of making a healthier environment through the application of science and technology, within the professions of engineering and geoscience" for their "leadership and initiative in the design concept of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-compliant Long-Term Care Facility in Corner Brook."