SMGH Receives Facelift

(Strathroy, ON) – Over the past several months, Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital (SMGH) has undergone a major change in its external appearance.  Nicholson Sheffield Architects Inc. was responsible for the new façade design while K&L Construction (Ontario) Ltd. and Ontario Panelization installed the new cladding.  The project is finally complete after approximately 12 months.  During the installation, a new vapour permeable air barrier was installed to prevent exterior moisture from entering the existing brick façade.  The new cladding materials were mounted on a structural grid system which supports three new exterior cladding materials: aluminum composite wall panel system, porcelain ceramic panel system and a clay tile wall panel system.  The installation of this new cladding will prevent further damage to the exterior brick of the 1962 and 1972 building, provide an additional water seal and improve energy efficiency, while providing a brand new look to the exterior of SMGH.

“This was a necessary project for SMGH to undertake in order to maintain the integrity of the structure,” said Todd Stepanuik, President & CEO, Middlesex Hospital Alliance.
We are extremely pleased with our new look and improved energy efficiency realized with the installation of the cladding.”

The $2.4M project was funded by the provincial Health Infrastructure Renewal Funding (HIRF) allocation by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.   HIRF funding is provided through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to assist healthcare facilities with capital projects that extend the useful life, or result in an improvement in the quality or functionality of the hospital facilities.