Hospice Peterborough says it has reached a “crossroads” with its Care Centre project at London Street.
Since construction began on the project last November, Hospice Peterborough says renovations of the existing Victorian home have been plagued by challenges.
Among them include:
- Poor soil conditions requiring extra fill; higher-than-planned concrete walls and deeper-than expected concrete piers;
- Protected bat colonies that could not be removed until their hibernation was over;
- lead paint, asbestos and bat guano;
- severe foundation concerns after it was exposed from the exterior;
- interior framing and structural issues from wall coverings and basement ceilings
Hospice Peterborough says they’ve received a recommendation from the building inspector and structural engineer not to enter the building for fear of collapse.
Two options are currently being reviewed for the house:
- Retain the old house, remediate all known concerns, and renovate as planned, not knowing what other issues might arise;
- Demolish the old house and rebuild on the existing footprint, under a new contract wherein the contractor assumes the risk for designing and building a new building, up to an agreed-upon maximum price.
The Care Centre is an $8.5-million project to feature 10 palliative care beds which will double the square footage of present day hospice program and administrative space.
“As stewards of community funding and donations Hospice Peterborough is committed to using each dollar received with transparency and integrity to build the community’s Care Centre and to deliver and expand its programs to meet the needs of its clients, their families and the city and County of Peterborough,” stated executive director Linda Sunderland.
“Hospice Peterborough is committed to completing this project as quickly as possible because delays in the project negatively impact Hospice clients and their families.”