The pandemic environment created many unique challenges for this project. Under the leadership of +VG staff, exceptional collaboration, among the owner, project manager, stakeholder groups and the contractor, while maintaining safety protocols, was the key to minimizing these disruptions.

By communicating the challenges in a way which was easily understood by all project participants using virtual technologies, +VG staff were able to achieve consensus and introduce flexibility into solving issues like material shortages, and thereby maintain the project schedule.

Connected to the Natural Environment
The building siting is conceived as a simple, elegant rural structure in the landscape. The barn vernacular features two gable roofs clad in standing seam metal and wood clad exterior walls. The main entrance is featured centrally, creating an axis and narrative through the building. Administrative offices overlook arrivals and departures through large windows, and private gardens for each suite feature a patio and planting screens for use in any weather.

Open & Accessible
Familiar interior residential materials in wood and glass are used to convey the message that the building is not a hospital, but a community-centred home. A fireplace feature separates the reception and living space. The large open space allows for mobility devices, wheeled beds and gurneys.

Functionality, Livability & Work Flow
This new hospice features a central route that is efficient for staff and volunteers to provide multiple levels of care. Spaces along the route have been carefully organized to optimize work flow and minimize redundancies. Primary care is consolidated around the suites including the Nurse Station, Medication Room, Counselling Room and Utility Rooms.

Energy Efficient & Sustainable
HVAC is separated into zones to maximize energy efficiency. Increased air handling systems are incorporated to allow smudging within some areas to create a more inclusive environment.


Belleville, Ontario




11,000 ft²


New Construction