DCL Healthcare Properties (DCL) is about to change your future visit to your healthcare provider. Having spent the several years developing, designing, and engineering the optimal healthcare environment, DCL is unveiling its premier green and sustainable medical facility development – a first of several to be built. From artificial intelligence (AI) building automation systems, to the construction delivery method, DCL is about to change the medical space game.
Healthcare as an industry represents four percent of the world’s global carbon footprint and yet it is the slowest of all sectors to adopt green and sustainable initiatives. It is also, according to the International WELL Building Institute, one of last to embrace wellness of the built environment.
DCL is changing that by bringing a sustainable and innovative vision to their newest development project located at 7000 Montrose Rd. in Niagara Falls. A unique 70,000 sq. ft dedicated medical facility alongside a 130,000 sq. ft., 150-suite seniors’ retirement residence.
DCL’s CEO, Frank Deluca, notes, “Our facilities are optimally designed and engineered by our in-house design team in partnership with actual technology vendors whose equipment is featured in each DCL facility. Sourcing cost-effective engineering firms that understood my vision was just not possible so DCL set up its own engineering and design team”.
The new DCL medical facility is also a first in another way; space is not for lease. Medical Practitioners purchase their space as an office condominium completely built out by the developer’s team, similar to a residential condominium development except these are “Medical Condos” “Space ownership as a condo makes more sense for the healthcare industry. The numbers and ROI just work better” says Deluca “Plus pride of ownership in a condo setting creates a peer-to-peer relationship of likeminded professionals who care about their co-owned surroundings.
The building features include AItechnologies monitoring the built environment being used, integrated solar glass walls, optimal daylight harvesting, operable windows, and hundred sensors monitoring the facilities power, heating and cooling. Also, no more keys! Smartphone apps will open your suite and monitor your space but it doesn’t end there. DCL has integrated antimicrobial technology into almost everything an occupant or patient will touch in the building thereby reducing the spread of common infections by up to 99% according to tech partner Microban.
The building is also entirely barrier free from any entrance and barrier-free and parking features solar powered parking canopies and heated sidewalks for snow and ice melting. Not even the landscaping has been overlooked by DCL.
Deluca notes: ” I have already commissioned mature trees for the site that are being growing right now. All are indigenous plants that will be supported by the on-site rainwater harvesting system”. The Facility is so highly engineered that initial modeling of operating costs have come in substantially lower than any other medical building in the region.
DCL’s vision is to create the most architecturally pleasing, high efficiency and sustainable healthy environment for healthcare providers and users while delivering it quickly and cost effectively.
“We couldn’t be more on board with DCL Healthcare Properties Inc.’s vision for their latest project. It fits right in with critical initiatives in the City of Niagara Falls, including sustainability, greening and building a SMART city, not to mention the major economic boost this provides to development, jobs and growth. This DCL project is not just growth, it’s smart growth, paired with meeting a need for the highest quality healthcare amenities in Niagara Falls. Congratulations to DCL on creating this state-of-the-art facility right here!” Jim Diodati, Mayor, City of Niagara Falls
Sales and marketing is being handled by the world class firm of Engel & Völkers; a global luxury real estate brand founded in Hamburg, Germany in 1977, that draws on its rich European history to deliver a fresh approach to luxury real estate globally.
Irene Delorraine, head of sales for DCL and licensed agent with EV Canada, says, “We at EV Canada are very excited about our relationship with DCL and bring this world class project to market. Although are focus is here in Ontario with our global reach at EV we hope to attract all types of healthcare practitioners interested in coming to Canada”
“Your new facility will surely be a leader in the evolution of the “medical office” as we now know it, raising the bar to a new level of highly sustainable, energy efficient facility. Your focus on green facility leadership is commendable and we look forward to following your growth and supporting you with our voice as you lead new thinking on green health care buildings.” Neil Ritchie Executive Director Canadian Coalition for Green