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By Todd Barr / December 1, 2017

Full footprint emerging

This afternoon workers continued to install the forms for pouring the remaining concrete foundation. You can really see the complete building footprint emerging (four times the square footage of the current Hospice building). We also hosted an open house this afternoon where the new design and floor plans for the two-level care centre were revealed. The photos below are facing south from London Street (the north elevation). Compare them to the updated drawing of the north elevation also below. Things are really moving again!

 

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By Todd Barr / November 23, 2017

Foundation work starting up again

With the permit recently approved to continue building the new foundation, workers were at the site this morning laying the concrete forms for the Heeney House community programming area.  

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By Todd Barr / October 13, 2017

Gravel inlay for Hospice Residence

This morning on my way to work I photographed this team placing and flattening gravel in-between the concrete foundation walls for the new Hospice Residence. In the photo below, the excavator is where the private garden will be. Where the men are standing is where a row of six  private bedrooms will be with windows overlooking the garden. Behind the excavator will be a small deck and door large enough for a bed to roll through so that anyone can enjoy the garden. The remaining four private bedrooms (including one larger bedroom designed for pediatric care) will overlook the trees at the back of the photo. 

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By Todd Barr / September 29, 2017

Making room for a new foundation

While there is still some debris to be cleared away from the demolition of Langton House, the excavator is starting to make way for the new foundation of Heeney House.  

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By Todd Barr / September 26, 2017

Moving forward

Yesterday and today work continues on the demolition of Langton House to make room for our new Hospice Peterborough Care Centre. It has been a difficult process leading up to this day but now we can move forward to build the best hospice for our community. 

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By Todd Barr / September 13, 2017

Ribbons for remembering Langton House

Thank-you to everyone who participated in yesterday’s Community Memories Ceremony – it was an opportunity for those who may have lived, worked, visited or simply admired this building to remember and celebrate the meaning the space had for them before the building is demolished. Personally, I was grateful for the opportunity to honour those memories and the memories of others. It was a tribute to the past, present and future. 

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By Todd Barr / July 17, 2017

Remaining foundation poured for Hospice Residence!

As predicted, workers poured the remaining concrete foundation for the new Hospice Residence. My previous post was last Wednesday July 12 so they must have poured late last week. What a contrast to the July 12 photos! I am amazed at how straight and orderly the concrete walls are…

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By Todd Barr / July 12, 2017

Hospice Residence: Prepping for remaining concrete foundation walls

Work on the Hospice Residence continues this week as workers place more wooden forms around rebar (see photos below). Probably next week the remaining concrete walls for the Residence foundation will be poured. 

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By Todd Barr / June 20, 2017

Concrete walls poured on top of concrete caissons

As predicted, last week workers poured the concrete walls that form the southern portion of the foundation for the new Hospice Residence. As with every major development at the site, the building shape continues to reveal itself – see photos below. 

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By Todd Barr / June 7, 2017

Wood forms; more concrete coming

Despite some setbacks with the old Victorian home on the property, work on the new Hospice Residence continues. Thank-you to everyone for your recent support as we continue to focus on the goal of building a safe, homelike environment where we can offer the best possible support to individuals and families living with or affected by life-threatening illness and grief. In the photos below (from this morning and in late May), wooden forms are being placed on top of the large concrete caissons and around rebar. I’m guessing that concrete will be poured in the next week or so. 

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By Todd Barr / May 15, 2017

New building continues to take shape

Over the past few weeks, workers have been putting rebar into, and between the concrete caissons. On Friday I was chatting with two workers at the site. They told me that eventually wooden forms will be placed around the rebar and concrete will be poured – much like the process used for the adjacent basement foundation that was poured over the winter. The photo below shows where the concrete walls will be poured. Essentially these walls will form the foundation under which the ten private bedrooms will be located! In the foreground of the photo, you can see an enclosed area with no rebar within – this will be the private garden area for residents. The door at the south end of the garden (show in floor plan below) will be large enough to roll a bed through so bed-bound residents can enjoy the outdoors. 

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By Todd Barr / April 20, 2017

Caissons up close

In yesterday’s post I mentioned that the 48 in-ground concrete pillars (caissons) have been poured – thanks to the giant drilling machine that was onsite for about 20 days. This morning when I walked by the site, there were surveyors working and they had brushed away a lot of the surface dirt so you could really see the caissons. There are two photos below – one that shows the size of each caisson (profile view) and the layout of them all.

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By Todd Barr / April 19, 2017

Foundation laid…awaiting next phase

On March 21, 2017 the large machine arrived to dig the holes for concrete pillars that will be the foundation for the new building. Through sun and snow, the work continued. Twenty-two days and 48 in-ground concrete pillars later, the big machine finished its job on April 12 and was loaded onto big transport trucks to move on to its next job.

In other news, the temporary driveway for our neighbours has been installed. There is now a separate construction entrance and the eastern construction fence has been moved about 20 feet further to the east. Today also marked some digging right up to London street where the new main entrance and layby will be. 

 

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By Todd Barr / March 29, 2017

In-ground concrete pillars

The large hole-digging machine has been at work for the past week – digging holes for the in-ground concrete pillars that will support the new resident care facility alongside newly renovated Heeney House. See below for a batch of photos to document the work. 

 

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By Todd Barr / March 22, 2017

The big machine is here!

The long anticipated, huge digging machine arrived yesterday. This machine will be digging the holes for the large concrete foundation pillars for the new resident care building next to renovated Heeney House. In the following video, you can see the machine at work.

Early next week I will post more images of the holes being dug and filled with concrete and rebar – quite an operation! If you want to see the machine in action, it should be onsite at least until the end of this week. 

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By Todd Barr / March 10, 2017

Entire footprint of new building revealing itself

In the past 72hrs, workers have been busy digging out the remaining footprint of the new building that is being built beside Heeney House. The new building will come right up to London Street and to the south, will turn to the left forming an L-shape. To see the floor plan of the new building, check out page 4 of the January 2017 case for support. The new building will house the new 10 bed hospice care unit that will enable Hospice Peterborough to offer another choice for care at end of life. The once free-standing concrete foundation has been lined with insulation and is now being buried with fresh gravel. Enjoy the latest photos and short video! 

 

 

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By Todd Barr / March 3, 2017

Foundation walls poured

Hello construction bloggers,

Today’s entry brings you up-to-date on the foundation for the new 10-bed care unit. Concrete was poured last Monday with the same long-arm concrete pouring truck that poured the initial foundation (see February 6 blog entry titled “Pouring concrete!”). As of this morning, all the concrete forms have been removed (see photos below). I’m sure the  warm weather over the past week helped with a quick set of the concrete. Some rigid blue insulation arrived at the site in the past 24hrs…so insulating the concrete walls and continuing with the taller elevator shaft are likely the next steps. 

 

 

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By Todd Barr / February 17, 2017

Foundation walls taking shape

Over the past two weeks, workers have been busy putting forms in place for the next layer of concrete foundation to be poured for the new building. A crane has been lifting baskets of the forms into the area where the workers remove them from the basket and put them into place. To me, the forms look quite high so it will be interesting to see how high they pour the concrete (I think next week). As part of this work they are also preparing to pour the elevator shaft which will extend all the way to the third floor of Heeney House. Things continue to take shape! See below for a few photos and a video. 

 

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By Todd Barr / February 6, 2017

Pouring concrete!

More activity on the site this morning. At 10:30 the “concrete pumping” truck was loaded up by mixing trucks and the concrete started to flow into the wooden foundation frames. In the fourth photo below, there is a worker on the left who has the remote controls around his waist – aiming the long arm of the pumper to where the other workers are spreading the concrete. The fifth photo is a close up of one of the propane (?) heating machines that will be placed near the tarped concrete when the pumping truck is done – keeping the concrete warm as it dries. Also see below for short video of the action. 

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By Todd Barr / February 3, 2017

Northwest corner Heeney House demolition

A lot happening on the site in the past 48 hours!

When I walked by the site at 9am yesterday morning, workers were demolishing the concrete wall and tiny entrance-way in the north alcove of Heeney House. That felt dramatic to me. Then this morning at 9am, workers had removed the one-storey addition from the northwest corner of Heeney House…and by 2pm this afternoon the entire two-storey addition had been torn down! So…below you have a number of timelapse series of the demolition from a few different angles. There is also some video footage and  a slide show of photos profiling the House from a number of angles…dramatic! 

 

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By Todd Barr / January 30, 2017

Preparing for concrete; inside work continues

Last week I interviewed Richard Johnston for our upcoming Hospice Highlighter newsletter. Richard is chair of the Every Moment Matters Campaign Building Committee and as a special treat, we conducted the interview inside Heeney House! See below for a few indoor photos I took of the soon-to-be multi-purpose education and dining room.

The room feels very big! It was interesting to see the old wallpaper and high ceilings, ceiling trim, etc. If you look at the December 8 photo of the old archway, those doors and wall have been removed and the archways are now sitting on the floor. The doors are being restored and will be re-installed at the end of the room as the doorway to a storage area.

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By Todd Barr / January 13, 2017

Initial plumbing for new building

In last week’s post you can see green pipes starting to be installed in the ground for the new building. In this weeks photos, you can see that all the pipes are now in place. It’s interesting how each new construction development shows the future building footprint in a new way. In one of the photos below, you can also see the stakes recently put into the ground to mark where the new building will come right up to London Street. We’ve been taking photos from a number of locations around the site on an almost daily basis – the idea is to try out some time lapse slide shows to show construction progress from various angles. Where the new building connects with the Victorian home is one of those locations and it will be fun and interesting to watch the progress – stay tuned! 

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By Todd Barr / January 9, 2017

Foundation work continues

Happy New Year construction bloggers,

As you will see from the photos below, work on the foundation continues… 

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By Todd Barr / December 22, 2016

Building the foundation

With much of the excavation for the 10-bed care facility completed, the Mortlock crew are now leveling things off with supplementary soil. In two photos from George Dimitroff yesterday and one from me this morning, you can really see the footprint of the new building taking shape. 

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By Todd Barr / December 20, 2016

Foundation excavation continues

Today there is a lot of excavation activity at the site. Building your community hospice…one shovelful at a time! 

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By Todd Barr / December 16, 2016

Deeper hole & webcam up

Seasons Greetings Hospice bloggers,

The interior demolition of Heeney House continues with full dumpsters leaving the site regularly. See our previous post for exclusive photos.

It’s been somewhat of a quiet week outdoors on the construction site. But since last Thursday the hole for the new building has been dug much deeper. See below for a few different angles. 

 

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By Meaghan Blodgett / December 8, 2016

Demolition!

Thank you to Mortlock Construction Inc. for providing an inside look at demolition. It is so exciting to see the changes taking place inside Heeney House.

 

 

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By Todd Barr / December 1, 2016

The grass is greener

Once again today I am struck by the contrast of what was and what is today. What a difference 1570 days can make! Below is a photo from day one (the day Hospice purchased Heeney House) and a second photo from this morning.

Also…the workers are putting in a construction road down the south side of the property as the road coming in from the northeast will likely have limited use as the full foundation for the new building gets dug. We’ll soon see if my amateur construction prediction is correct. 

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By Todd Barr / November 30, 2016

Digging the foundation

A lot can happen in 24 hours! The contrast from Monday to Wednesday is quite dramatic as noted below in the two comparison photos of the east wall of Heeney House. I have also included a series of photos. And for the really ambitious blog followers, there is also a short video clip of the excavator and dump truck in action…

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By Todd Barr / November 28, 2016

Demolition and digging

External demolition work started today. The Heeney House east side porch has been removed (you can now see the entrance doorway very clearly). The north side second floor porch has also been removed along with some of the concrete wall that formed an old patio enclosure below it. Excavation work for the new building continues, along with topsoil removal for the whole construction site. The last photo in today’s bunch is very official-looking with the trucks, excavator and white-hat construction workers having a meeting. Things are definitely looking like a construction site now!  

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By Todd Barr / November 25, 2016

Snow arrives, work continues

For the past few days, snow has been falling and staying on the ground. I ran into Craig Mortlock at the site this morning and while the excavator has been doing some initial digging and scraping of land around Heeney House, they are finalizing an excavation plan for digging out the foundation for the new building that will go alongside Heeney House. Thanks to Richard Johnston for the amazing panoramic photo! 

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By Meaghan Blodgett / November 23, 2016

Excavation!

There is no denying construction is starting to move along at 325 London Street. An excavator has started the process of digging up the earth surrounding Heeney House in preparation for the addition of the wing that will house the 10 hospice care beds. It is so exciting to take a walk by the site and see the changes unfolding right before us during these cool fall days.

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By Todd Barr / November 15, 2016

Thank-you trees

Today some of the trees around Heeney House were removed to make way for the new building. While it`s sad to see the trees come down, they have provided many years of shade, comfort and natural beauty…and now they make way for a home that will also provide comfort, soon be surrounded by new trees and plants that will once again stand tall. Thanks to George Dimitroff for providing some of the `before`images.

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By Todd Barr / November 14, 2016

Powering up

Today I met Adam from Tri-line Electric Ltd….working on getting power to all essential areas of the construction site. One of many people helping to build our community hospice!

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By Todd Barr / November 10, 2016

Skylift and skill saws

Hi everyone, not much evidence of construction activity today but I heard the sound of a skill saw inside Heeney House (hard to get a photo of that). There was also a lift parked outside the front door – not sure what it was being used for but big machinery on a construction site is always a good sign! 

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By Todd Barr / November 4, 2016

Beautiful views of Heeney House

What a lovely afternoon today. I decided to take a lunchtime stroll up to the new site from our current location on Rubidge Street. No new construction activity to report but what beautiful sunlight on Heeney House! As I walked north on Rubidge Street toward the new site, I could see Heeney House in the distance through the now leafless trees. Very pretty and regal sitting there on the hilltop.

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By Todd Barr / November 2, 2016

Video of groundbreaking ceremony

 

Thanks to Holly Wilson for this video of yesterday’s groundbreaking ceremony. 

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By Todd Barr / November 1, 2016

Groundbreaking today!

Thanks to Charlotte Clements for these incredible photos – taken November 1, 2016 at the groundbreaking ceremony and celebration. Excited to be partnering with Mortlock Construction Inc. and Lett Architects to oversee the construction of our community’s new hospice!

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By Todd Barr / October 27, 2016

Construction fencing is up

It’s hard hats and steel toed boots from now on folks! 

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By Meaghan Blodgett / October 25, 2016

One week until ground breaking!

We are starting to see changes on the site of the new Hospice Peterborough Care Centre, today the construction fencing is going up!! 

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By Todd Barr / October 21, 2016

Only a few days before construction begins!

With groundbreaking set for November 1, 2016, this is a view that will soon change.

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By Todd Barr / October 21, 2016

Summer 2016

In late July, a small team of photographers toured the site in anticipation of construction starting. Which spot will capture the best photos of construction progress for our blog? 

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By Todd Barr / October 21, 2016

Purchase celebration

On August 29, 2012, staff and volunteers celebrated their future home with a house-warming party.

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By Todd Barr / October 21, 2016

Property purchased!

On August 15, 2012, Hospice Peterborough took possession of Heeney House (formerly Langton House).

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