RMC Resources Management Consultants Ltd. is a comprehensive facility planning firm. The professionals have direct experience in management and planning for health care, post-secondary education, the judiciary and government. 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.

RMC's expertise lies in two particular areas: master development planning, including facility evaluation, and functional programming, including master programming.

Master Development Planning
and Facility Evaluation

Health 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.

Piecemeal 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.

RMC is 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 facilities.

Functional Programming
and Master Programming

RMC's 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.

Our primary 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 funding agencies.

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Typical Assignments

Health Care Facilities - International

  • As 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, including:

    • Evaluation 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.
    • Determine relative effectiveness of renovating and upgrading the older infrastructure components of the Hospital versus replacing them with new construction.
    • Review 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)

  • Provided 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 hospitals (1996-97).

  • RMC 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 designs" (1992-96).

  • Assisted 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 (1995-96).

  • RMC, 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.

  • Assisted 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.

  • RMC 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 hospital.

  • In 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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Typical Assignments

Health Care Facilities - Canada

RMC has 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.

  • Conducted 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).

  • Contracted 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).

  • Retained 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 (1996).

  • Provided 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.

  • Facility 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.

  • Completed a comprehensive master program, including 10 year space projections for the 650-bed, tertiary-level St. Joseph's Health Centre hospital in London.

  • Space 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.

  • Detailed 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.

  • Master development planning, role review, functional evaluation and functional program services for the Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, B.C. regional hospital.

  • Provided 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.

  • Assessed 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.

  • Long-range 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.

  • RMC prepared a role study, facility evaluation and master program/master plan for the redevelopment and expansion of the Chapleau General Hospital.

  • Functional 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 replacement facility.

  • Facility 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.

  • Project parameters and a functional program for the replacement of the Mineral Springs Hospital, an acute and long-term care hospital in Banff National Park.

  • Prepared 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.

  • Reviewed 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 Care Centre.

  • RMC 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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Typical Assignments

Post-Secondary Education

  • Provided 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)

  • Southern 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)

  • Keyano 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).

  • University 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)

  • University 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 facility. (2001)

  • University 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).

  • Functional and physical upgrading requirements for all 1500 public schools (K to 12) in Alberta for Alberta Infrastructure (1999-2000).

  • Comprehensive study of the state of deferred maintenance and its impact on physical facilities at all Canadian Universities, Canadian Association of Business Officers (1999-2000).

  • For 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.

  • An 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.

  • For 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 Design.

  • Formulated 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 sq.m..

  • Provided a development plan and functional program for research facilities for the Departments of Plant Science and Animal Science, University of Alberta.

  • Completed 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 of Technology.

  • Prepared 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 decade.

  • Developed 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.

  • RMC 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.

  • For 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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Typical Assignments

Judiciary

  • Developed 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 (1998-2004).

  • Study 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 Ontario.

  • 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.

  • Over 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.

  • Prepared a long-range development strategy and short-term renovations plan for all Edmonton Court facilities.

  • Provided functional program and renovations plan for relocation of the Family and Youth Court into the Edmonton Courts complex.

  • Based upon caseload projections and space utilization analysis, RMC prepared a facility development plan for the renovation and expansion of court facilities in Red Deer.

  • Provided 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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Typical Assignments

Government

  • Strathcona 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.

  • Regional 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).

  • Ontario 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.

  • For 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 site.

  • Prepared a detailed facility program and evaluated alternative buildings and sites for the Ontario Heritage Foundation relocating from Toronto to Kingston.

  • Provided 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.

  • Prepared 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.

  • Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre. RMC reviewed existing accommodations and prepared a functional program for new facilities in Niagara Falls.

  • For 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.

  • Workers' 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.

  • Provided occupancy programs for 12 Provincial Government departments in the new Camrose Provincial Building.

  • For 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 the deaf.

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Client List

Other selected clients of RMC:

Health Care

Alberta Children's Provincial General Hospital, Calgary
Alberta Health
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 College
Alberta Institute of Technology
Alberta Public Works, Supply and Services
Fairview College
Grande Prairie Regional College
Grant MacEwan Community College
Keyano College
Lakeland 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
Thebacha College
University of Alberta
University of Calgary

 

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