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Northumberland County is responsible for Social Services in the County and this includes Long Term Care Homes. The home operated by the County is the Golden Plough located on County property at the northwest corner of Elgin and Burnham but it has reached end of life and does not meet current standards. Since renovating it to meet current requirements would be more expensive, even if it were possible, the County has embarked on a rebuild with a budget of $80M. golden plough At 200,000 sq. ft., the new building will be double the size of the current lodge and will include 6000 sq. ft. devoted to an archive/museum facility which will relocate from their current space at the Library.  When the new building is complete, the current building will be demolished since it would be too expensive to re-purpose the building for (e.g.) low-cost housing.

The new building will have 180 beds compared to 151 currently.  Each unit will have a window to open space – some into interior courtyards.

There is an overview of the project at this Cobourg News Post

The Archives are included because the County has expanded its mandate for archives to include the entire County (not just Cobourg) and has outgrown the space at the Library.  The new facility will include “display and exhibition space to showcase a diverse range of County stories”.

Progress Report - 3 Nov 2022

The Golden Plough Lodge (GPL) and Northumberland County Archives and Museum (NCAM) Redevelopment Project has progressed well over the warm summer months. With foundations in place, and the physical structure now being erected, the 200,300 square foot facility has started to expand upwards on one of Cobourg's highest land points.

Where are we now?

The project is now 33 per cent complete. Installation of steel columns and beams, masonry walls, and concrete floors have been completed for the second floor with workers now focusing on interior structure and walls. High atop the second floor, Lake Ontario can now be viewed looking south, and to the north, the rolling hills of Northumberland are visible as well.

"A lot of construction activity was able to progress during the summer as a result of favourable weather and full mobilization of construction crews," commented Denise Marshall, Director of Public Works who is leading the engineering and construction partner effort for the County. "It's exciting to see the continued upward growth of the steel structures come together for one of the largest buildings ever constructed by the County."

The foundations and superstructure are one of the largest segments and most important phases of the construction project which is nearing completion, with the third floor, roof, and mechanical penthouse structure still to be completed.

Over the past few months, plumbing lines were installed up to the ground floor and the major ductwork in the basement was completed. Installation of mechanical equipment - such as pumps, valve assemblies, and ventilation equipment - is also ongoing in the basement.

Where are we headed next?

The project is working towards completion of the entire superstructure by the end of the year. Work will then concentrate on roof and windows to start closing in the building. Additional trades will be mobilized on site in the coming weeks to begin framing both exterior and interior walls in preparation for the start of drywalling in early 2023.

The building is situated on a sloping site to the north. Backfilling of the lower walls and foundations has been completed at the west end of the building. This fall, retaining walls will be added which will allow crews to start the overall grading of the site.

All the soil that was originally excavated at the start of the project has been stored on site and will soon be used for grading and landscaping. The effort to retain the excavated soil will help the County in its pursuit of achieving a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification for the project.

Take a look at our recent progress

More details

The Project manager who provided the update in a report to the County's Public Works committee also said:

The project has experienced challenges related to a combination of variables including supply chain, labour disruption and resourcing, weather, inflation, higher interest rates, etc., which is resulting in higher projected forecasts than originally budgeted. As a result, the projected cost will increase from $115,428,998 to $127,249,219.

The schedule has been updated with a new projected occupancy date in late January 2024. Subsequently, the new facility will be cleaned, furniture, fixtures, and equipment will be moved into the new facility and GPL staff will be training in the new facility to ensure efficient workflows prior to resident move-in anticipated for Summer 2024. Substantial completion of the project including demolition of the existing GPL and completion of campus site works is projected for October 2024.

Simulation of Final Building

This is a virtual tour video which explores the concept design for the Golden Plough Lodge long-term care home portion of this project – that is, it does not include the Archive.

There is a little more detail at the County's web page.

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