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Lundar Care Home Life Safety System Installation, Pumphouse Addition and Interior Renovations
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Lundar Personal Care Home Life Safety System and Pumphouse

Project Description

Guided by the provincial Fire Safety Task Force (FSTF), the new system is part of a 2015 provincial government initiative to ensure all personal care homes and health facilities in Manitoba be equipped with modern fire response systems by January 2026.

Formed in early 2014 following a tragic fire at a seniors’ residence in L’Isle-Verte, Que., the FSTF looked at a range of fire and life safety systems and activities. The review looked at fire protection and early warning systems, code enforcement and inspections as well as education and prevention.

The task force included representatives from the Office of the Fire Commissioner, the Manitoba Building Standards Board, the Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs, front-line fire services, regional health authorities and several Manitoba government departments.

New Pumphouse Building

As soon as the weather permitted, a new 200 square foot pump house was constructed adjacent to the existing care home. It was built to accommodate the new fire pumps and emergency generator and was connected to two large underground fiberglass tanks. Fire pumps are essential components of a building’s fire protection system, distributing water through sprinkler systems where water pressure from water mains and firefighting equipment cannot reach.

The work for the pumphouse included concrete foundation, enclosure and tank supply and installation, as well as all site works, excavations, trenching, site services, emergency generator and all associated structural, sprinkler system, mechanical and electrical works, including the electrical connections from the new pump house through to the electrical room in the PCH building.

Work in an Occupied Building

Ahead of the start date, CPI worked closely with facility management to create a detailed schedule to reduce the impact of construction on care home occupants and staff during construction operations.

This included an initial assessment of the facility layout, which was used to develop a detailed construction plan that minimized disruptions to resident care and daily activities, leveraged best practices for maintaining air quality standards and reduced the impact of construction (such as noise, dust, vibrations and exit/entry access) on occupants. This plan was reviewed with representatives from Manitoba Health and care home staff for input and approval prior to construction start.

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