Sustainable Buildings Canada and Enbridge recognized Frank Deluca, CEO of DCL Healthcare Properties (DCL) and his DCL Niagara Wellness Center for being the first project as well as achieving the highest design rating through Enbridge’s Savings By Design Program since its inception. DCL unveiled its premier green and sustainable medical facility development to be constructed in Niagara Falls Ontario minutes from the recently approved Niagara Falls Hospital.
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.
“It was because of the Enbridge Savings By Design Program that I was able to really focus on the design and engineering elements of the development” notes Frank Deluca, DCL CEO and Chief Imagineer.
Organized through Sustainable Buildings Canada, the Enbridge Savings By Design Program is a valuable tool for all developers seeking to maximize their projects’ energy efficiency and sustainability design prior to construction.
“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.
From artificial intelligence building automation systems, to the construction delivery method, DCL is about to change the medical space game with the DCL Niagara Wellness Center.
The building features include AI technologies monitoring the built environment being used, integrated solar glass walls, optimal daylight harvesting, operable windows, and hundreds of 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. As for the landscaping, DCL have commissioned mature trees and indigenous plants that will be supported by the on-site rainwater harvesting system.
DCL Healthcare Properties (DCL) has spent many years developing, designing, and engineering the optimal healthcare environment. The DCL Niagara Wellness Center is the first to be built and a first for the sector – a premier green and sustainable medical facility development.