St. Patrick’s Home (St. Pat’s) has been an Ottawa pillar for more than 144 years and is recognized as a community leader in the long term-care of the elderly. In August 2007, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care awarded St. Patrick’s Home 96 additional beds. This led to a redevelopment plan that would also see the reconstruction of the existing facility.
Wendy Brawley led a team from Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects as they began the process of redesigning St. Pat’s to meet specific Ontario provincial criteria for long-term care facilities. Now, more than six years after they began, the new St. Pat’s facility is complete. Residents rang in a new year in a new home, moving into the new facility on December 30 and 31st, 2013.
Through Wendy, and others at Barry J. Hobin and Associates Architects, the St. Pat’s project profits from extensive knowledge in the redevelopment of long-term care facilities that goes well beyond design elements to include experience and familiarity with not-for-profit processes to leverage fundraising and expand budget reach.
“The process—from start to finish—can take a long time. In this case almost 7 years.” explains Wendy, “Facility staff and Board members can move on, but our knowledge and input remains consistent, even as other resources transition and provincial criteria and technology evolve.”
Wendy, a partner with Barry J. Hobin and Associates, has gained significant expertise with the management of institutional, committee and community driven projects like St. Pat’s, where consultants, stakeholders and complex municipal and provincial approval processes are the norm.
“Because of our experience, we’re able to lend assistance to focus the project and keep it on track during approvals, committee and board intervention and beyond” Wendy continues.
Wendy currently sits on the Corporate Redevelopment sub-committee; this committee is looking at opportunities with partnerships for the development of the remaining lands in a way that will further enhance the St. Patrick’s Home campus.