Lakeridge Health

Aligning priorities to enhance resiliency and patient care

  • Asset renewal
  • Reduced energy use
  • Improved patient welfare
  • Improved resiliency
  • Renewable energy implementation

Located 50 kilometers east of Toronto, Lakeridge Health (LH) provides care for 650,000 people through its five hospital sites. Ecosystem and LH partnered on a deep energy retrofit of four sites to renew the energy infrastructure, improve energy efficiency, and enhance patient care.

At the LH Oshawa site, a new natural gas-fueled CHP plant was introduced as an efficient, in-house source of electricity and thermal energy. Solar photovoltaic panels installed at three sites also generate clean power that LH can sell back to the grid. Ecosystem’s close collaboration with LH’s internal teams was instrumental in delivering a strategic project design that aligned with LH’s operational priorities and financing criteria. Ecosystem also minimized patient impact through communications and decision-making with internal teams.

An agile engineering-construction approach allowed Ecosystem to fast-track the project timeline.  By pre-purchasing equipment before performing the design, Lakeridge was able to meet aggressive incentive deadlines to help fund the replacement of their aging AHUs.

The project has increased operating efficiency, reduced heating and cooling loads, leveraged low-cost energy sources, and enhanced staff and patient comfort. The production of clean, renewable on-site energy improves operational resiliency and energy efficiency.

  • 2017 Best Overall / Collaboration Award, Power Up Durham
  • 2015 Top 15 Green Projects in Canada Clean50
  • 2014 Environmental Achievement Award, Durham Environmental Advisory Committee
  • 2013 Green Hospital of the Year, Ontario Hospital Association

Customized Performance Measures

  • Combined heat and power plant
  • Efficient lighting retrofit
  • Solar photovoltaic power generation
  • Eliminated city water cooling
  • Steam to hot water heating conversion
  • Cooling system upgrade and optimization
  • Replacement of air handling units, pumps, and motors