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Villa Charities Visioning Project Updates

September 13, 2018

Visioning Project Continues with Board and Community Sessions

Villa Charities continued its series of campus visioning sessions with the first of the two planned visioning sessions for the local community held last night, with excellent participation from a broad range of customers, visitors and community members. The second community session is scheduled for tonight at 6:30pm at the Columbus Centre. We encourage all our stakeholders to share the Visioning Project information and to get involved in this process. On September 6th and 8th, Board members from Villa Charities and the Affiliates also met to participate in additional visioning exercises that explored from their perspective the key priorities looking forward.

The Villa Charities Visioning Project launched this past April, when directors from Villa Charities and each affiliate including the Columbus Centre, Villa Colombo Toronto and Villa Colombo Vaughan conducted an initial visioning exercise to discuss the future of the Villa Charities campus.

Board members and individuals from the public participated in a half-day strategic planning session to outline what they considered to be key priorities looking forward. This visioning exercise was the first step in a process that has been expanded and is now underway, to include other stakeholder groups who are contributing their thoughts using the same format.

The extensive visioning process has been planned to involve numerous constituent groups, including our local and Italian communities, cultural industry leaders, the long-term care community and other health care providers. Staff from VCI and the affiliates participated in a visioning session earlier this summer.

This broad-based stakeholder engagement process is intended to gather input from all these groups and will help us develop our campus-wide strategy. The ultimate objective is to address any key, immediate issues and needs, leverage our current resources and identify the required resources to provide enhanced services and facilities for the future.

An independent, third-party expert facilitator is managing this series of visioning sessions, with the requisite expertise to ensure a comprehensive, independent and consistent process. A comprehensive final report summarizing the findings from the visioning sessions will be prepared and shared with our stakeholders and made available to the public.

The final road map produced will serve to inform and provide direction to the Villa Charities Board and management. The goal, by taking this route, is to provide a valid process through which our stakeholders will feel they will be better informed and will be reassured that they had an opportunity for meaningful engagement through which to share their views.

Villa Charities is firmly committed to a transparent, community-based consultation process, with broad and diverse community representation, to ensure an optimal outcome for our strategy development and planning process. We greatly value the input of the Villa Charities family of customers and encourage feedback to develop a plan that best meets the needs of Italian-Canadians and an increasingly diverse community.

Through our engagement and networking process, Villa Charities is committed to improving the quality of life for our community, now and for future generations.

Capital Investment Projects Underway at Villa Charities

Villa Charities engaged Stantec Consulting Ltd. (Stantec) to conduct a building condition assessment (“BCA”) of all the Villa Charities properties. The primary purpose of the BCA was to review the present condition of the properties and identify deficiencies and replacements required over the next ten years. The assessment has identified approximately $11 million of work required over the next three-year period. Over the next several months, the property management team will be working on addressing the urgent needs identified by the assessment. They include the following:

  • Replacement of boilers and chillers at the Columbus Centre
  • Hydro vault repairs at Columbus Centre and Casa Abruzzo
  • Generator retrofits at Villa Colombo Toronto, Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto, Casa Abruzzo, Columbus Centre
  • Asphalt repairs on the Villa Charities campus (Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto, Villa Colombo Toronto, Columbus Centre)
  • Roof repairs at Casa Abruzzo (child care area)
  • Replacement of fire-rated doors at Villa Colombo Toronto and Casa Del Zotto
  • Addition of push button door operators in the laundry rooms for Caboto Terrace, Casa Abruzzo and Casa Del Zotto
  • Upgrade fire panels at Caboto Terrace and Villa Charities
  • Upgrade to IT infrastructure at Columbus Centre and Villa Charities campus
  • Upgrade security infrastructure at Casa Abruzzo and Villa Charities campus

Building Condition Assessments and Capital Investments Underway for all Villa Charities Facilities

Villa Charities, through a public RFP process, has engaged Stantec to conduct a Building Conditions Assessment (BCA) Report on each of the buildings and infrastructure equipment. This assessment validates the condition of each of our buildings and component parts including the building exterior and structure, mechanical, electrical, elevators, roof, fire and life safety systems, windows, interiors, landscaping, drainage and paving.  It also highlights deficiencies and provides an expected replacement timeframe.  The building condition is evaluated by specialists conducting the onsite assessment and complemented with interviews, questionnaires and a review of core building and equipment documents. The (BCA) evaluates the condition of the “existing” equipment and the remaining useful life of that equipment to give us a priority list of most to least-urgent capital investments.  The BCA does not consider costs to upgrade or modernize the facilities. All building assessment final reports are expected by the end of the summer.

 

How Old Are the Villa Charities Facilities?

Date Opened

Villa Colombo Homes for Aged Inc.                                             1976
(Villa Colombo Toronto)

Columbus Centre                                                                             1980
(Administration wing circa 1940s
Athletics wing circa 1960s
Rotunda and Gallery circa late 1970s-1980)

The Columbus Centre includes the three-storey St. Mary’s Training School (1941), a one-storey sports and recreational centre including a swimming pool (1962, 1968 and 1980), double-storey entry atrium (1980) with the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery and the three-storey Rotunda (1980).

Caboto Terrace                                                                                  1983

Casa Del Zotto                                                                                   1991

Casa Abruzzo                                                                                     2004

Villa Colombo Seniors Centre (Vaughan) Inc./                             2004
Di Poce Centre (Villa Colombo Vaughan)

As a supplement to the Building Conditions Assessment, for Villa Colombo Toronto we completed a high-level structural analysis report. This assessment reviewed the structural framing on the residential floors from levels 2 to 5 of the Fusco wing of the building to determine which walls are structural elements and which are not, to inform future Ontario Ministry of Health-mandated redevelopment options.

 

Capital Investments and Upgrades

We are also underway with numerous capital investments and upgrades to our facilities.

  • Villa Colombo Toronto – complete upgrade to main common room, new air conditioning units for patient rooms, replaced boiler, installed a new chiller, and currently in the process of painting all patient rooms, nurses’ stations and common rooms.
  • Columbus Centre and Casa Abruzzo – working with an engineering firm to remediate a number of repairs including faulty entrance doors and water and ceiling damage at both hydro vaults.
  • Columbus Centre – restoring chillers and we have painted the Columbus Room, hallway, Boccaccio meeting room, as well as painted gallery displays.
  • Casa Abruzzo – upgraded building front door, new interior and exterior LED lighting, new chiller, boiler, building automation system (BAS), ongoing renovation of units, and upgrades to washers and dryers underway.
  • Caboto Terrace – upgraded common room (new kitchen, floors), new fire panel, upgraded electrical system, upgraded lights to LED, unit renovations, and hallway painting underway.
  • Casa Del Zotto – new Portable Air Conditioning (PTAC) resident units, new boiler, new LED lighting, new underground garage carbon monoxide monitoring, ongoing renovation of units, hallway painting underway, new storage lockers in progress.

 

Beautification Projects

  • Improved landscaping
  • Repair/restore marble
  • Painted ground statues
  • Painted ground fountains
  • Art from gallery installed in residential buildings
  • Restored rattan chairs (Casa Del Zotto)

 

Villa Charities Visioning Project Continues with Staff Session

Villa Charities continued its campus visioning sessions to discuss to discuss the organization’s future with staff and management last week. Staff from Villa Charities and the affiliates met on July 25th to participate in a visioning exercise that explored from their perspective the key priorities looking forward.

The fulsome discussion engaged the team to share their views and establish their priorities for the six key themes that were previously identified as the overarching areas for exploration during the visioning project:

  • Governance
  • Campus Master Plan
  • Engagement & Networking
  • Redevelopment & Renovations
  • Finances
  • Culture & Other Services

A wide range of feedback was received from the participants. One staff member expressed his thoughts, saying, “This session was excellent. There are very smart, committed, and passionate people working in the trenches for this organization. The discussions were engaging and constructive with many great ideas brought forward.”  Following the completion of all visioning sessions, a comprehensive final report summarizing the findings will be prepared and shared with our stakeholders and made available to the public.

The Villa Charities Visioning Project will proceed over the next few months, involving numerous constituent groups, including our local and Italian communities, cultural industry leaders, the long-term care community and other health care providers. Information will be shared in the coming weeks about when and how all our stakeholders can participate in these visioning sessions.

This broad-based stakeholder engagement process is intended to gather input from a wider variety of groups and will help us develop our campus-wide strategy. The overall objective is to address any key, immediate issues and needs, and ultimately leverage our current resources to provide enhanced services and facilities for future generations.

For information and updates on the Villa Charities Visioning Project, visit villacharities.com/visioningproject.

 

Villa Charities Launches New Visioning Project for Community                            

This past April, directors from Villa Charities and each affiliate including the Columbus Centre, Villa Colombo Toronto and Villa Colombo Vaughan conducted an initial visioning exercise to discuss the organization’s future.

Board members and individuals from the public participated in a half-day strategic planning session to outline what they considered to be key priorities looking forward.  This visioning exercise was the first step in a process that has been expanded to include other stakeholder groups who will contribute their thoughts using the same format.

Villa Charities is launching an extensive visioning process involving numerous constituent groups, including our local and Italian communities, cultural industry leaders, the long-term care community and other health care providers, Board members and VCI staff. This broad-based stakeholder engagement process is intended to gather input from all these groups and will help us develop our campus-wide strategy. The ultimate objective is to address any key, immediate issues and needs, leverage our current resources and identify the required resources to provide enhanced services and facilities for the future.

The project will include a series of visioning sessions with numbers ranging from 50 to 75 participants in each session. Sessions will be held for various stakeholder groups over the next few months including:

  • VCI Management & Staff
  • VCI & Affiliate Board Members (Session #2)
  • Local Community and Villa Charities customers, residents, visitors, tenants
  • Arts & Culture Community
  • Italian Community
  • Long-Term Care & Healthcare Provider Community

The number of sessions required for each group may be adjusted according to numbers of interested participants. We anticipate that this project will be completed by the end of the year.

We will communicate the information for the visioning sessions through multiple channels, when dates and all details are finalized, and registration can begin. Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks about how our community and stakeholders can participate.

An independent, third-party expert facilitator is managing this series of visioning sessions, with the requisite expertise to ensure a comprehensive, independent and consistent process. A comprehensive final report summarizing the findings from the visioning sessions will be prepared and shared with our stakeholders and made available to the public.

The final road map produced will serve to inform and provide direction to the Villa Charities Board and management. The goal, by taking this route, is to provide a valid process through which our stakeholders will feel they will be better informed and will be reassured that they had an opportunity for meaningful engagement through which to share their views.

Villa Charities is firmly committed to a transparent, community-based consultation process, with broad and diverse community representation, to ensure an optimal outcome for our strategy development and planning process. We greatly value the input of the Villa Charities family of customers and encourage feedback to develop a plan that best meets the needs of Italian-Canadians and an increasingly diverse community.

Through our engagement and networking process, Villa Charities is committed to improving the quality of life for our community, now and for future generations.

For information on the Villa Charities Visioning Project, visit villacharities.com/visioningproject.

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Exploratory Process Begins for Villa Colombo Toronto Upgrades

A key priority for Villa Charities is to address the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care province-wide mandate to upgrade long-term care beds. At Villa Colombo Homes for Aged Inc. (Villa Colombo Toronto) we are required to upgrade the facilities that support 266 of our 391 beds by 2025.

Villa Charities Inc., through a public RFP process, has engaged Stantec to explore other long-term care models and building designs around the world to help us develop the best plan possible to provide the highest quality of culturally sensitive care and accommodations for our seniors at Villa Colombo. The work will begin in September and we anticipate the first phase of the project should be completed by the end of October, 2018.

These findings, along with the input that we gather from our upcoming campus visioning sessions with all our stakeholders, will help to inform us on a number of levels.

We are pleased to share the following information about this exploratory process and the scope of work as outlined in the RFP:

REQUIRED SERVICES:

Villa Charities (VCI) and Villa Colombo Toronto (VCT) are in the preliminary stages of planning for the redevelopment of 266 residential long-term care beds and are interested in learning about innovative approaches, such as leading or emerging practices, innovative models of care and trends for the provision of residential long-term care (LTC) services including continuing care / life style community campus models.

There will be a phased approach to the required services. In the first phase, VCI and VCT require a high-level analysis of proven examples of innovative approaches to providing long-term care services that would be relevant to VCT’s redevelopment and VCI’s existing or future campus services and that could be supported under Ontario’s current requirements for residential LTC services.

  • Phase 1 Scope of Work:
    • VCI and VCT require expert resources to identify and provide a high-level analysis of examples of innovative approaches (e.g. leading practices, innovative models of care, innovative models of facility design, and trends, etc.), both in the way care is provided to residents of LTC homes and the design of residential LTC facilities, that have been proven to enhance the quality of care and quality of life of residents, improve operations and that would be relevant and bring value to the VCT redevelopment and VCI’s campus.
    • The high-level analysis of each example of innovative approaches will address the following:
      • Information to provide an understanding of the innovative approach and evidence of innovation;
      • The reason for selecting the example and its relevance to the VCT redevelopment and the VCI community it serves;
      • The feasibility of implementing it in the Ontario context;
    • The Proponent will be expected to provide at a minimum the following deliverables:
      • At the start of the project, a detailed workplan that at a minimum includes all project tasks and timelines;
      • Progress updates;
      • An interim report that describes the process and methodology used to identify innovative examples and a description of the examples;
      • A draft final report that includes the high-level analysis of the relevant innovative examples; and
      • A final report.
  • Phase 2: In the second phase, VCI and VCT expect to use the findings of the first phase to undertake a more detailed analysis of at least two of the innovative examples identified in the first phase. VCI and VCT will outline their requirements after the completion of the first phase. VCI and VCT reserve the right, solely at their discretion, to offer Phase 2 through a competitive RFP process.