A $250,000 upgrade to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior is intended to ensure patients who often spend hours receiving cancer treatment do so in maximum comfort.
A complete overhaul of the air and heat control system is set to take place, with both the operating control system and individual units set to be renewed.
The control system, which regulates air volumes, temperatures and air exchanges, will be replaced.
Mechanical parts—such as the building automation system panels, supply pumps, steam pressure reducing stations, air handling units and heat exchangers—will also be upgraded which will help reduce energy consumption for the facility.
The upgrades are in addition to a lighting upgrade worth $150,000. This project will revamp the Okanagan Centre’s lighting control system, allowing for customized lighting in patient areas and ensure that clinicians and nursing staff can control the intensity of light when checking in with patients. The projects will be put up for tender in October and are expected to be complete in a phased approach by June 2013.
“Patients receiving cancer treatment are navigating a very difficult time in their lives and often, subtle nuances like warmth and lighting will provide a measure of comfort,” said Frank Levenheck, director facilities maintenance for the B.C. Cancer Agency.