(Strathroy, ON) – Over the next several months, Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital will undergo a major change in its external appearance. Nicholson Sheffield Architects Inc are responsible for the new façade designs while K&L Construction (Ontario) Ltd and Ontario Panelization will be installing the new cladding. The first phase is the installation of a new vapour permeable air barrier to prevent exterior moisture from entering the existing brick façade. The new cladding materials will be mounted on a structural grid system which supports three new exterior cladding materials: aluminum composite wall panel system, porcelain ceramic panel system and a clay tile wall panel system. This will prevent further damage to the exterior brick of the 1962 and 1972 building, provide an additional water seal, improve energy efficiency as well as a brand new look to the approximately 39,000 exterior square feet of SMGH.
During this project, workers will be utilizing man lifts and will be outside on various levels of the building. Hospital staff will ensure patient room blinds are closed in the necessary areas to allow the privacy of patients. Although this is an external project, there will still be the regular construction noises such as drilling into the brick. All entrances and exits will remain open and safely secured. We apologize for any inconvenience resulting from the re-cladding project.
As previously announced, this $2.4M project is funded by the 2014/15 and 2015/16 provincial Health Infrastructure Renewal Funding (HIRF) allocation. Architectural drawings and product samples will be on display by mid March in various locations in the hospital.