Client Extendicare (Canada) Inc.
Location Timmins, ON
Contract Type Construction Management
Year Completed March 2013
Architect Architecture49 Inc.

Project Details

Extendicare is an 115,000 SF, long term care facility which houses 180 residences.  Residents will live in 30-bed households and each will have its own lounge, dining and activity area.  The facility has three internal courtyards with a walking surface which will allow those with cognitive impairment to be outdoors in a safe environment.  Some of the amenities include:

  • Chapel
  • Library
  • An internet café
  • Kitchenette
  • Fireplace lounge
  • Games room

The Challenge

One challenge Ball Construction faced was the very poor soil condition of the site.

The Solution

Our Project Manager proposed using an unconventional foundation system – a floating slab called Legalett GEO-slab.    The Legalett GEO-slab insulated slab-on-grade floor slab and foundation forming system is ideal for frost protected shallow foundations.  The Legalett radiant heat system circulates warm air through a network of air piping cast into the insulated monolithic concrete slab foundation which is custom engineered to the building specifications.  This system provides for a faster and more efficient site preparation due to the use of a flat gravel bed.  The simple installation of the Legalett GEO-Slab components in the slab also increases installation efficiency.  This successful solution proved to save Extendicare time and money.

Met Schedule and Budget