Management Consultants Ltd. is a comprehensive facility planning
firm. The professionals have direct experience in management
and planning for health
care, post-secondary education,
RMC has an impressive list of over 80 clients
in facility planning, ranging throughout Canada and around
the world. Many of these clients have called us back more
than once to provide further services.
expertise lies in two particular areas: master development
planning, including facility evaluation, and functional programming,
including master programming.
and Facility Evaluation
care, education, judiciary, various government and private-sector
institutions must be able to adapt to changing circumstances.
Changes in population, service demand, utilization patterns
and technologies contribute to new requirements for program
delivery, thereby increasing the need for new or renovated
facilities. In addition, physical deterioration of buildings,
code changes and economic factors, such as energy conservation,
contribute to facility obsolescence.
development of facilities rarely produces an adequate response
to future changes, often closing off valuable planning options.
An RMC master development plan provides the means to establish
future directions for institutional development in an orderly
way. It demonstrates how a client's facilities can be expanded
and renovated in phases that will minimize disruption to ongoing
operations. It identifies the capital and operating cost implications
of proposed developments.
often asked to undertake detailed physical and functional
evaluations, which are integral parts of the master development
plan. These evaluations assist RMC clients to accurately assess
the present status and cost-effectiveness of both their operations
and Master Programming
approach to functional programming involves the users throughout
the planning process. We seek a close working relationship
with the client to ensure responsibility for all decisions
and a sense of client ownership in the completed project.
During programming, RMC consultants exercise professional
judgement and previous experience to make sure that the needs
perceived by users are commensurate with the role and general
policies of the institution and that plans are within accepted
guidelines and budget parameters.
objective is to develop a model of future facility programs
and operations, and to identify the requisite human, fiscal
and physical resources. An RMC program serves as a basis for
operational planning (e.g., developing future policy and procedure
manuals) and provides documentation for review and approval
by users, administration, governing boards, government and
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Care Facilities - International
part of a major IDB funded Health Care Policy and Institutional
Development Program for Guyana undertaken by RMC (1999-2000),
the firm was also commissioned to develop a Master Plan
for the major acute care/teaching hospital in Georgetown,
of physical infrastructure and site of the Hospital
and assessment of its ability and capacity to accommodate
the Hospital's role in the health sector.
relative effectiveness of renovating and upgrading the
older infrastructure components of the Hospital versus
replacing them with new construction.
priorities for short-term rehabilitation in the context
of longer term capital development options and improvements
to the effective use of the physical infrasturcture.(1999-2000)
advisory services to the Georgian Ministry of Health
PCU in the management of a World Bank funded project.
In addition to health systems reorientation and human resource
development, the project dealt with rehabilitation of selected
assisted the Polish Ministry of Health in managing
a US$135 million World Bank funded project. In addition
to involvement in a broad range of institutional strengthening,
advisory services also dealt with physical resources planning
including: (a) evaluating physical and functional status
of the building and equipment and maintenance of health
care facilities in three districts; (b) recommending overall
plans for renovation/upgrading, expansion, replacement or
closure of health care units; and (c) preparing "physical
the Estonia Ministry of Social Affairs PCU in managing
World Bank funded, project. One component of project involved
the construction of a facility to accommodate the University
of Tartu, Biomedical and Health Sciences Complex. RMC also
assisted the PCU to develop a functional planning and programming
of health care facilities program for Estonian architects
in association with a Malaysian architectural firm,
prepared an updated work plan for a master plan for the
replacement of one of the country's two major psychiatric
hospitals located in Johor Bahru.
the Uganda Ministry of Health in preparing for the
Second World Bank Health Project. In addition to studies
in institutional strengthening, RMC completed a detailed
feasibility study regarding the costs, benefits, operational
and planning implications of relocating the Ministry of
Health Headquarters from Entebbe to Kampala.
provided an assessment of the physical planning requirements
and operational feasibility for the development of Cayman
Islands' first private hospital, including a review
of potential sites and the establishment of programmatic
and facility parameters for the project. Subsequently, RMC
was retained by the Ministry of Health to prepare terms
of reference for the replacement of the main government
conjunction with our work on the Institutional Strengthening
of the Bahamas Ministry of Health, RMC was responsible
for the planning, design and project management activities
for the replacement of 2 major hospitals, the 490-bed Princess
Margaret Hospital in Nassau and the 105-bed Rand Memorial
Hospital in Freeport. RMC's work included role and operational
plans, master and functional programs, equipment specifications,
and preparation of block schematic and preliminary designs
assisted by Bahamian and Canadian architects and engineers.
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been working in health reform in Canada (1995-present) for
Regional/District Health Authorities in Western Canada. Typical
areas of involvement include determining health needs, trends
and service requirements; recommending the distribution of
beds, service programs and location; evaluating the existing
facilities, their capacity for providing the required services;
and, in some cases, providing architectural block schematics
for the purpose of planning and cost projection.
a Master Program Overview of the Ridge Meadows Hospital
(RMH) located in Maple Ridge, British Columbia to provide
the Fraser Health Region with information on the
program and space requirements for the facility. RMC took
the lead in developing the Master Program and the IBI Group
led the Facility Master Plan. (2002)
- A programming
study for the replacement of 130 long term care (LTC) beds
at the Vegreville Long Term Care Centre. A key part
of this study was to examine current trends in LTC and introduce
these concepts into redevelopment of a LTC centre. The programming
study includes examination of ten areas: the description
of programs and services; activity analysis and projections;
evaluation of the existing facilities; documentation of
internal program relationships; a space plan; conceptual
development scheme; site development options; equipment
schedules; project cost estimates; and a financial analysis
to ensure the optimum capital solution (1997).
- A study
of the programs and services plan for the David Thompson
Health Region as it relates to the Red Deer Regional
Hospital Centre (RDRHC). Primary output was a master
plan for the redevelopment of the RDRHC, which will continue
to provide primary, secondary and special acute care services
to the region. Subsequent work (1997) involved a functional
programming study for the approved redevelopment of the
RDRHC, which includes the examination of areas similar to
the Vegreville LTC project. (1996-97).
- A planning
document for the Lakeland Regional Health Authority
that provides strategic directions to be pursued in their
LTC system. The work included: a view of the current long
term care programs and services; a trend analysis of innovative
programs in the long term care sector; a review of case
studies on admissions to long term care facilities an analysis
of the demographics (current and future); and the development
of program alternatives with the associated costs (1996).
by Alberta Health and Alberta Public Works
to work with a task force comprising representatives of
these two government departments, the Mistahia Regional
health Authority and Peace Regional Health Authority. RMC
facilitated the work and meetings of the task force, undertook
stakeholder consultations, background analysis, research
and prepared all documentation. The primary purpose of the
study was to determine how the two facilities and RHA's
could provide complementary health programs and improve
the utilization of these two health facilities located within
20 kilometre of one another (1996).
to revise the master plan for the redevelopment of the Lamont
Health Care Centre into a community health centre. The
plan included the replacement of the acute care service
and the 24 bed continuing care program. The study included
the incorporation of all community health services into
the plan, i.e., community care services, community rehabilitation
services, dental health, environmental health services,
mental health, public health nursing, and the sexual health
program. Functional and physical evaluation of the existing
facilities was undertaken to determine the development options.
The master plan included: the description of programs and
services; activity analysis and projections; the evaluation
of the existing facilities; documentation of internal program
relationships; a space plan; conceptual development scheme;
site development options; equipment schedules; project cost
estimates; and a financial analysis to ensure the most reasonable
capital solution is pursued (1996).
- A feasibility
study of hospital facilities, health unit facilities and
continuing care facilities was conducted on behalf of the
Chinook Health Region to produce a capital plan that
will respond to the emerging program and service requirements
in the region. The work plan involved reviewing all programs
and services, a facility condition survey and a functional
evaluation of the facilities. The study resulted in the
production of a capital needs plan for the next five years
consulting services toward the master plan, master program
and facility evaluation for the Toronto Hospital General
Division site, and a review of the hospital's 4 priority
programs: cardiovascular services, neurosciences, transplant
services and oncology.
programming for the $60 million redevelopment of the Surrey
Memorial Hospital. The assignment included; (a) components
to be accommodated in the replacement of an existing tower
and (b) for expanded renovated components. Components such
as the Surgical Suite, Therapy Services and Surgical, Paediatric
and Maternity Patient Units received particular attention
during programming, challenging user groups to explore effective
and appropriate approaches to health care delivery.
a comprehensive master program, including 10 year space
projections for the 650-bed, tertiary-level St. Joseph's
Health Centre hospital in London.
utilization study for the Scarborough General Hospital
that assessed the needs of all departments; established
a 5-year plan for capital upgrading and a waste management
strategy; and developed renovation layouts for the Surgical
Suite and obstetrical areas. RMC also designed an internal
decision-making process to review, prioritize and manage
all capital/renovation projects on an annual basis.
evaluation of space and equipment (NMR, OT scanning, radiotherapy,
nuclear medicine, imaging, etc.) at the Princess Margaret
Hospital and 7 regional cancer centres. This
evaluation provided development recommendations and their
cost implications, as part of RMC's major review of cancer
services in Ontario.
development planning, role review, functional evaluation
and functional program services for the Royal Inland
Hospital, Kamloops, B.C. regional hospital.
for Health and Welfare Canada a comprehensive review
and redevelopment of the Post Occupancy Evaluation methodology
to be used for hospitals throughout Canada. Previous studies
by RMC included an evaluation of the Federal-Provincial
Guidelines Program on Special Care Units.
the design of a new wing for Emergency, Ambulatory Care,
Surgery, CSR, Receiving and Stores, and developed a Materials
Management system and renovation plans for inpatient units
for the Hospital Montfort, Ottawa.
planning for the Smiths Falls Community Hospital
operating on 2 sites. In addition to role and programs,
the study assessed the status of all facilities and recommended
the most cost-effective strategy for the consolidation of
all buildings onto one site.
prepared a role study, facility evaluation and master program/master
plan for the redevelopment and expansion of the Chapleau
modeling and redevelopment planning for the Edmonton
General Hospital, a 300-bed, acute and chronic care
facility. gave rationalization of distribution of specialty
clinics and services between the two sites.
- A development
plan for Whitehorse General Hospital, including functional
and physical evaluations 4 cottage hospitals and a master
plan with functional and space requirements for the 111-bed
planning for a $25 million expansion/renovation for the
Misericordia Hospital, Edmonton, a 500-bed facility,
including role statement, update of physical/functional
evaluations, examination of new construction versus renovation
options and functional programming.
parameters and a functional program for the replacement
of the Mineral Springs Hospital, an acute and long-term
care hospital in Banff National Park.
a comprehensive master developement plan for the Alberta
Hospital, Edmonton, a 646-bed psychiatric teaching hospital.
The study included role and program development, detailed
physical and functional evaluations, and the formulation
of a phased redevelopment strategy for the campus of about
50 buildings, using 3-dimensional modelling techniques.
- A master
development plan for the Charles Camsell General Hospital
Edmonton, a 402-bed acute care hospital in central Edmonton,
including functional evaluation, development of role and
programs, and expansion requirements in relation to community
needs. Subsequent work included the preparation of a detailed
functional program for the phased renovations and expansion.
program and facility development needs on 2 of 4 sites operated
by the District comprising 1200 long-term beds, and formulated
a development plan and prepared a functional program for
the approved redevelopment of the 366 bed Norwood Extended
provided role definition, site development options and a
functional program for the replacement of the Good Samaritan
Auxiliary Hospital, a 200-bed, auxiliary care hospital
located in Edmonton.
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a Space Programme for the University of Alberta -
Faculty of Engineering to identify the anticipated
space requirements of the Departments of Mechanical Engineering
and Chemical and Materials Engineering for their work in
nanotechnology research. (2002)
Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Aero Centre
Functional Program for the proposed development of a new
SAIT Aero Centre for Training and Technology. The purpose
of the functional program was to identify the programmatic
and spatial requirements of the Aero Centre for Training
and Technology. (2002)
College, MacKenzie Campus Development Study (2002) to
address both short term priorities and longer term requirements.
The study assessed existing and potential utilization, examined
limitations of existing facilities and infrastructure and
opportunities to enhance viability of the campus, identified
options for facility use and development and recommended
capital developments to accommodate the proposed changes.
Other projects for Keyano College included: Technology Centre
Functional Prograrmme (2001), and; Sports and Wellness Centre,
Programme Concept (2002).
of Alberta, National Research Council of Canada, National
Institute for NanoTechnology (NINT), Detailed Space
Programme (2002). RMC identified the programmatic, functional
and space requirements for the proposed NINT facility, as
a basis for the architectural and engineering design of
the building. (2002)
of Alberta and National Research Council,
National Institute for Nanotechnology, Functional Programme.
The space programme identified the programme and space requirements
and related functional and technical criteria to accommodate
the NRC both for the interim period and plan the space for
long term use by UofA. The space programme provided the
basis for the architectural and engineering design of the
of Alberta, National Resources Engineering Facility
(NREF), Detailed Space programme. RMC, in partnership with
The Cohos Evamy Partners, prepared the detailed space programme
for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
RMC identified the programme and space requirements for
a new building for the NREF to accommodate the research,
instructional and administrative functions of the Department.
Documentation was prepared in accordance with U of A standards
to provide the information necessary for the subsequent
stages of design (2001).
and physical upgrading requirements for all 1500 public
schools (K to 12) in Alberta for Alberta Infrastructure
study of the state of deferred maintenance and its impact
on physical facilities at all Canadian Universities,
Canadian Association of Business Officers (1999-2000).
the Alberta Advanced Education a review of capital
formula funding mechanisms and the implications of deferred
maintenance and facility renewal at all 29 of the province's
post-secondary institutions; later retained to do an update
of the space planning guidelines for universities, colleges,
technical institutes and vocational centres in the province,
including Jurisdictions in Canada and US, a comparison with
guidelines from over 30 other provinces and states.
evaluation of current condition of all post-secondary educational
facilities in Alberta, based on information provided
by the institutions. The audit conducted on behalf of Alberta
Advanced Education & Career Development is deemed accurate
within 15% and gives a indication of funding required over
the next five years. The Department found the audit to be
a very useful planning tool and has incorporated the information
into a funding formula.
the University of Calgary planned 3 major projects
in connection with the 1988 Winter Olympics: Physical Education
Building expansion, MacEwan Hall expansion and Village Housing
III. Subsequently, RMC prepared a functional program for
the $40 million Professional Faculties Building to accommodate
the Faculties of Law, Nursing, Social Work and Environmental
a long-range campus development strategy for the Grant
MacEwan Community College, including examination of
existing facilities and sites, identification of future
space needs and evaluation of alternative city locations
for a new core campus of 4500 students. RMC subsequently
prepared a functional program and space data sheets for
the new $100 million campus, a total planned area of 71500
a development plan and functional program for research facilities
for the Departments of Plant Science and Animal Science,
University of Alberta.
an enrolment analysis, functional program and site development
review for a new building to house all of the Health and
Medical Science programs, Northern Alberta Institute
a campus development plan, including facilities evaluation
and space needs projection for the Red Deer College.
- A review
of facility planning requirements at the Keyano College,
Fort McMurray, Alberta. RMC was later reappointed to prepare
a long range campus development plan for the College based
on analysis of program and facility needs over the next
functional programming for a new Inter-Arts facility for
Photography, Electronic and Film Media, Visual Arts, etc.,
and the School of Management for The Banff Centre.
formulated a strategic plan and facilities development plan
for the entire Grande Prairie Regional College. Subsequently,
completed functional programs for a major $35 million expansion
and an apprenticeship/trades centre.
the Lakeland College, completed 5 separate projects
that included: a long-range plan and Strategy for Growth;
operational budget reviews; functional programming of a
major building renovation; detailed energy conservation
analysis of the entire Vermilion campus; and planning and
programming for the new $40 million campus for 850 students
in Lloydminster, Alberta.
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a comprehensive 12-year Strategic Plan to redevelop and
consolidate all court facilities in Calgary. Work
included facility evaluations; forecasts of caseload, staffing
and facilities; and a study of site options including an
analysis of phasing and capital cost implications. This
will lead to functional programming of a $80-90 million
facility and advisory services during the construction phase.
Alberta Infrastructure (Public Works) and Alberta Justice
of operations and functional and space relationships, culminating
in a planning model for the new Federal Court of Canada
facility in Ottawa.
- A comprehensive
facility program to consolidate all court facilities into
a new 48000 sq.m. building in the City of Brampton,
based upon the implementation of Phase II Court Reform in
- A detailed
facility program for the consolidation of all court facilities
into a new Windsor courthouse, based upon operational
interpretation of Phase II Court Reform in Ontario.
the past decade RMC worked on the Calgary Courts Project
developing functional programs for the replacement of Provincial
Court (Criminal, Traffic and Small Claims); retrofit of
Court of Queen's Bench; and replacement of Family and Youth
Court and Land Titles.
a long-range development strategy and short-term renovations
plan for all Edmonton Court facilities.
functional program and renovations plan for relocation of
the Family and Youth Court into the Edmonton Courts
upon caseload projections and space utilization analysis,
RMC prepared a facility development plan for the renovation
and expansion of court facilities in Red Deer.
a long-range development plan and short-term renovations
for court facilities in Grande Prairie, based upon
caseload projections prepared by RMC.
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County, Accommodation Study (2003). RMC in partnership
with Cohos Evamy Partners was commissioned by Strathcona
County to conduct Phase I of the Accommodation Study that
would result in a short and long-term requirements for Public
Sector space in keeping with the projected growth of the
County and build on the Strathcona County Accommodation
Study previously prepared by RMC in 1992.
Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Optimization Study to
identify and examine the feasibility of sharing physical
infrastructure resources in the public sector in the Regional
Municipality of Wood Buffalo (2001).
Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation. Resulting
from the merger of the 2 predecessor Ministries, RMC conducted
an organizational review, identified organizational units
to be relocated to Niagara Falls, and provided facility
programming and furniture/equipment requirements for Divisions/
Branches in both Toronto and Niagara Falls.
the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, prepared
a space program and detailed facility specifications for
the relocation of the head office to St. Catharines. This
was followed by a facility needs and location study for
a number of the MTO laboratories located on the Downsview
a detailed facility program and evaluated alternative buildings
and sites for the Ontario Heritage Foundation relocating
from Toronto to Kingston.
a facility program for the regional Ottawa Ambulance
Centre, including Fleet Administration, Fleet Storage
and Maintenance, and Communications Centre.
- A study
to develop cost-effective solutions for short and long-term
accommodation needs to address environmental, operational
and public service issues for the Strathcona County Accommodation
Study. The study encompassed the offices and workshops
of municipal and education departments, and included a review
and update of the County's space guidelines.
a detailed functional and space program for an innovative
recreational facility, in Calgary, including an arena,
swimming pools, sports hall, library, local health and social
services, and supporting facilities.
Canadian Research and Documentation Centre. RMC reviewed
existing accommodations and prepared a functional program
for new facilities in Niagara Falls.
the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, repared
a functional program for a high-technology Pesticide Residue
and Trace Contaminants Testing Laboratory, at the University
of Guelph. Special consideration was given to occupational
health and safety and environmental protection issues.
Compensation Boards, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
RMC provided ongoing advisory services and a program review
for both Boards; prepared a functional program and assisted
in the design of new facilities as part of the Wascana Hospital
in Regina; and reviewed the design and programs for the
replacement project in Edmonton.
occupancy programs for 12 Provincial Government departments
in the new Camrose Provincial Building.
the Jericho Hill School for the Deaf, Vancouver,
analyzed service delivery and role, did detailed facility
evaluations, provided site development options and planned
for upgrading and expansion at this teaching facility for
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selected clients of RMC:
Children's Provincial General Hospital, Calgary
Alberta Hospital, Edmonton
Alberta Public Works
Alberta Urban Hospitals Project
Bahamas Ministry of Health
Bassano General Hospital
Bethany Auxiliary Hospital and Nursing Home, Camrose
Blood Tribe Community Health Care Centre
Bonnyville Health Centre
Burnaby General Hospital
Cayman Islands Ministry of Health
Chapleau General Hospital
Chinook Health Region
Clareholm Care Centre
Cold Lake Regional Hospital
David Thompson Helth Region
Drayton Valley and District Health Complex
Edmonton General Hospital
Estonia Ministry of Social Affairs
Georgian Ministry of Health
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton
Guyana Ministry of Health
H.H. Williams Memorial Hospital, Hay River
Hanna Health Care Complex
Health and Welfare Canada
Hong Lok Care Facility, Edmonton
Hospital Montfort, Ottawa
James Bay General Hospital
Lakeland Regional Health Authority
Lambton Health Unit, Sarnia
Lamont Health Care Centre
Lethbridge Regional Hospital
Manning General and Auxiliary Hospital
Mattawa General Hospital
Medicine Hat and District Hospital
Mineral Springs Hospital
Misericordia Hospital, Edmonton
Northern Addiction Services, Yellowknife
Oshawa General Hospital
Palmerston and District Hospital
Picture Butte Hospital
Polish Ministry of Health
Ponoka General and Auxiliary Hospital
Princess Margaret Hospital
Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Grande Prairie
Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre
Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital
Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, B.C.
Salvation Army Grace Hospitals, Calgary and Ottawa
Saskatchewan Department of Health
Saskatchewan Northern Housing Development
Scarborough General Hospital
Seward General Hospital, Alaska
Sherwood Park Nursing Home
Smiths Falls Community Hospital
St. Joseph's Health Centre, London
St. Mary's Hospital, Camrose
St. Michael's General Hospital, Lethbridge
St. Therese Hospital, St. Paul
Sturgeon General Hospital, St. Albert
Surrey Memorial Hospital
Taber General and Auxiliary Hospital
Toronto Hospital General Division
Uganda Ministry of Health
University of Alberta Hospitals
Valleyview Health Centre
Vegreville Long Term Care Centre
Vegreville Auxiliary Hospital and Nursing Home
Victoria General Hospital
Wetaskiwin General and Auxiliary Hospital and Nursing Home
Whitehorse General Hospital
Education and Other
Alberta Advanced Education
Alberta Institute of Technology
Alberta Public Works, Supply and Services
Grande Prairie Regional College
Grant MacEwan Community College
Management Board Secretariat, Ontario
Medicine Hat College
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Red Deer College
Saskatchewan Property Management Corporation
The Banff Centre
The King's College
University of Alberta
University of Calgary