The Town of Hearst and the area municipalities operated an existing long term care facility with a structural rating of “D”, which required redevelopment. The project consisted of construction of an all new, primarily single storey structure to the north of the existing Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital.
The main floor was designed to provide 3 distinct Resident Home Areas (RHA) including one 32 bed RHA, one 16 bed RHA and a 14 bed RHA dedicated for the cognitively impaired. Site topography permitted the development of and access to several outdoor areas for the residents of Foyer des Pionniers. A large outdoor patio complete with a wooden garden trellis for shade was provided.
For the cognitively impaired RHA, an exterior courtyard space was created within the confines of the RHA. Residents have access to the safe, controlled exterior area and require less intensive staff supervision as the potential for uncontrolled wandering is virtually eliminated.