February 12 2014: Medical Centre a Step in the Right Direction

February 12, 2014   

Workers continue to make final touches both inside and out at The Medical Centre at the Boardwalk, but that won’t quell the ambition of one of the region’s newest family doctors.

“It’s really exciting,” said Dr. Katerina Reizgys, 28, who studied medicine at McMaster University and was recruited by the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. “It’s such a great building. It’s probably better than I expected.”

Reizgys will be working with Dr. John Sehl, who has more than 20 years of experience practicing family medicine in the region, as well as her fellow McMaster grad and residency partner, Dr. Jessica Seibel.

The four-storey, 80,000-square-foot, $20-million facility opened last Monday and will house about 27 family doctors, as well as integrated medical experts such as an independent pharmacy, laboratory, medical imaging specialists and other medical clinics.

Located at the north end of The Boardwalk’s 36-hectare commercial complex that straddles the boundary between Kitchener and Waterloo, at 101 Ira Needles Blvd, the building has been designed as a one-stop shop for patients who will no longer have to drive across town to see their doctor and then drive to the other end of town for an X-ray.

It has taken about 18 months to finish the project after ground was broken in July 2012.

It’s estimated about 20,000 people in the region are waiting for a family doctor, and the early numbers suggest the medical centre will help fill some of that demand. About 4,300 people are already on the waiting list at the new facility.

“That list is growing, and we’re tackling it as aggressively as we can,” said Cynthia Voisin, manager of brand strategy and development at The Boardwalk.

Ian McLean, president and CEO of the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, said while the development will go a long way in easing the doctor shortage, there is still a lot of work to be done to get on top on the problem.

One of the issues is the number of retiring doctors and the so-called “orphan” patients that are created when they lose their family doctor. This medical centre has already accepted several thousand orphaned patients, Sehl said.

“The [shortage] is still at 20,000 but it could have been worse,” said Sehl.

“We’re making progress,” McLean added. “We’re still short, but we’re moving in the right direction.”

Thanks in part to the chamber’s doctor recruitment weekends, which bring med school grads to the region and highlight what Waterloo has to offer in an attempt to sway them to set up their practices here, McLean said the doctor shortage could be brought under control as early as 2017 or 2018.

Even then, however, recruitment efforts will continue. “If we ever stop, we’ll just get buried by the wave again,” McLean said.

Attracting more doctors to the region is not only a health imperative, but an economic one as well.

When prospective businesses come to the region to inquire about setting up an operation, one of the first questions is how difficult it is to get a family doctor, the chamber president said.

The large windows, bright offices, open and collaborative work spaces, electronic filing systems and the state-of-the-art technology found at the new medical centre should go a long way in attracting more doctors to the area as well.

“To have so many family doctors in one space, we can collaborate and have information sessions together. You couldn’t have that in a smaller office,” said Reizgys.

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February 3, 2014: Medical Centre opens at The Boardwalk

February 4, 2014   

If you’re looking for a family doctor in Waterloo Region, you now have one more place to look.

A new medical centre officially opened Monday at The Boardwalk, the mammoth commercial development along Ira Needles Boulevard on the border of Kitchener and Waterloo.

Many of the 27 doctors who have signed on to practice at the facility have yet to move in – and normal new-building challenges like unpacked boxes and uncooperative telephones are still evident – but some doctors were ready to go right away, seeing their first patients Monday.

“It’s a great building, it’s in a great location and there’s going to be a lot of great conveniences for patients,” says Dr. Katerina Reizgys, who will practice in the facility.

In addition to family doctors, the facility will host a pharmacy – which is already open – a lab, and a number of other medical services.

“We’re going to bring in specialists, different clinics and other things the physicians have requested as being important to them,” says property manager Cynthia Voisin.

The Boardwalk marks Reizgys’ first home for her own practice, but she says she hopes to pick up 800 patients in her first year.

“We’re calling patients on the waiting list, calling patients on a list from retiring physicians,” she says.

The Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce estimates that 20,000 area residents are without a family doctor.

“It’s such an essential need,” says Voisin.

“By trying to provide the space for doctors to practice in the environment they’ve been trained in … hopefully we’ll attract more new graduates.”

A waiting list on the medical centre’s website attracted 4,300 requests from families looking for doctors.

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Today is an exciting day for us: The first patients will be seen at the Medical Centre.

February 3, 2014   

Many of you attended our groundbreaking ceremony on July 18, 2012 and for the last 80 weeks and 5 days we have had your continued support.

Special thank you to all of the doctors and healthcare providers who share the vision.

Our heartfelt thanks,

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Nov 6, 2013: The Boardwalk receives Urban Design Award 2013

November 6, 2013   

Urban Design Awards 2013

The City of Kitchener’s Urban Design Awards recognize industry leaders who exemplify a commitment to design excellence and create a built environment that enhances our quality of life.

The 2013 awards were hosted on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 and recognized seven projects in five award categories. A video showcasing the winning projects was produced; the list of winners includes:

Urban Elements (2 award winners)

Townhouses at Eby Estates, 2-8 & 3-9 Isaiah Dr.
The Boardwalk – Fashion Village, 200-230 The Boardwalk

Now in it’s 25th year, the Urban Design Awards celebrated a quarter-century of achievement with a video recognizing the role of urban design in shaping the city.

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Nov 3, 2013: Doctors tour Medical Centre under Construction

November 3, 2013   

Young doctors visiting region in annual recruitment tour
On a sunless day in Kitchener, the future was becoming a lot clearer to Dr. Melanie Rodrigues.

This weekend, Rodrigues, 27, took a close look at Kitchener and Waterloo as a community where she and her partner might settle when she’s ready to set up a family medicine practice.

About 16 family medicine residents, as well as their partners or other guests, took part in the annual tour hosted by the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce in order to recruit young physicians to work here.

Rodrigues, in her second year of family medicine residency at McMaster University in Hamilton, was excited about the possibilities here — so excited that she was already planning how to make a move to this area possible when she has finished her training.

Kitchener and Waterloo are the right size, and they accommodate her broad interests that include low-risk obstetrics, palliative care and emergency medicine, she says.

“I’m also interested in teaching and patient education.”

Meanwhile, her partner, Nikolaus Jewell, is a nano-device engineer with a background in health science. He has German origins and an entrepreneurial streak, which is satisfied by the region’s wealth of tech companies and universities, she says.

“This community is the intersection of what he does and what I do,” Rodrigues said in an interview at a luncheon at the Communitech Hub in The Tannery on Saturday. “This weekend solidified it for me.”

What’s more, the community’s pace is right, not as frenetic as Mississauga where she grew up, she said, and there’s a feeling that new ideas and energetic, young community-builders are welcome.

Heck, the couple, who plan to marry, even drive here from Hamilton where they live just to have coffee some weekends at Balzac’s Coffee Roasters, an inviting Parisian-style café in the former Tannery building where Communitech, a hub for technology commercialization, is located.

“Balzac’s is his favourite coffee shop,” she says. “We like the culture of innovation. It’s the little things, like drinking coffee and talking over ideas in an environment” where you can see people hatching ideas around you, she says.

“There’s the feeling of ideas developing, happening here.”

Rodrigues’s enthusiasm is exactly what Mary Sue Fitzpatrick likes to hear.

About 20,000 Kitchener and Waterloo residents are without a family physician right now, says Fitzpatrick, the chamber’s vice-president, family physician resources.

While that’s an improvement since 1998, when there were more than 40,000 people without access to a family doctor, it’s still a concern for the chamber, especially when you consider that many family doctors are about to retire, she says.

“Provincially and locally, about 25 per cent of existing doctors are at retirement age now,” she says.

At this time, some local doctors would like to retire, but are staying because they’re concerned about leaving their patients without a doctor, she says.

“There are about three or four practices they (new doctors) can just walk into.”

The chamber has helped recruit more than 150 family physicians since 1998, she says. Eight doctors settled here last year, and another eight are committed to come this year.

Some of them are interested in the new Boardwalk Medical Centre, which is underway at The Boardwalk development in Waterloo, she says.

“They’re hoping to have 24 general practitioners” as well as a number of specialists when it opens, she says.

Many young practitioners want to be able to walk in the door of a medical facility and begin practising medicine, she says. They like the collegiality, access to mentors, and being able to focus on their patients.

About 17 or 18 additional doctors in Kitchener and Waterloo would eliminate the list of 20,000 people without physicians at this time, Fitzpatrick said.

“I probably get 100 phone calls a month from people with family or parents and they don’t have a doctor, and not everybody knows to phone me,” she says.

She says residents without doctors should contact Health Care Connect, a provincial program that helps people find a family doctor of nurse practitioner.

The weekend event, which included a tour of the hospital, The Boardwalk, St. Jacobs and residential neighbourhoods, impressed some doctors and their partners who are looking for a community with both city and country features.

“We are looking to practice in a smaller community compared to Toronto,” says Maria Zago, whose partner, Dr. Rodolfo Dominguez was on the tour. “I think it’s a good balance here.”

The couple, originally from Mexico, moved from Vancouver in the summer to live in Toronto while Dominguez completes his residency at Scarborough General Hospital.

With three sons ages five, three and one, the couple is looking for a place with good schools and opportunities for Zago, who has a PhD in biochemistry with a specialty in cancer research.

“I’m in a situation where I’m happy working anywhere really, as long as my wife is doing well and enjoys where she is working and the kids have good opportunities,” Dominguez says.

Dr. Sabrina Berdouk was looking at Kitchener as a potential home for her parents and siblings, too.

“My family is important to have around,” says Berdouk, who was accompanied by her brother, aircraft maintenance engineer Ted Berdouk, a master corporal in the Armed Forces.

Berdouk, originally from Montreal, says she would like a community where she can teach as well as include urgent care and obstetrics in her practice.

Doctors and their partners said they appreciated the chance to peer into their future.

“What do you want your life to look like?” says Chris Bachmann, a PhD student in transportation engineering whose partner is in her first-year of residency in Toronto.

“We’re exploring. If you’re a physician, you have the opportunity to live anywhere.”

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Aug 18, 2013: World’s Largest Bake Sale at The Boardwalk

August 18, 2013   

World's Biggest Bake Sale in Waterloo

WATERLOO — It was sugar and spice and everything nice at a charity bake sale that’s aiming for a Guinness World Record Saturday at The Boardwalk in Waterloo.

A group of local runners are hoping to sell more than 13,000 cupcakes, brownies and other tasty treats in an eight-hour period with all proceeds going to Kitchener-Grand River Rotary Club charities, said co-organizer Chris Mintz of the Running Rarebits.

If they hit their target, they have a shot at breaking the current record of 13,085 baked goods sold out of Grand Central Station in New York City in May.

But breaking the world record would just be the icing on top of the cupcake for Mintz.

“The more important thing for us is to raise as much money as we can for these charities,” Mintz said.

The event kicked off Saturday with an official trumpet blast at 10 a.m. as people lined up waiting, said Mintz. Because organizers are hoping to break the world record, careful regulations must be followed, she added.

“We couldn’t start selling anything until 10, and we thought it’d be a slow start so it’s just been unbelievable to see the community respond like this.”

By 11 a.m., bakery business was brisk, with the most popular item a Cookie Monster cupcake complete with half a chocolate chip cookie for a mouth, said volunteer Lia Charnicovsky.

Other items included gluten-free and vegan options, mixed packs of treats for $5 and butter tarts donated by Herrle’s Country Farm Market.

All goods were baked by local residents, Mintz said.

“We put the call out to the community and said we need eight dozen cookies, squares, you name it. People just went crazy and really rallied behind us, and the products are absolutely delicious.”

Plus, he added, “calories don’t count when it’s for charity.”

Mintz and event co-founder Maria Michel came up with the scheme after a long run spent brainstorming ways to raise money for the Rotary Club, Mintz said.

“We were probably low on oxygen so it seemed like a great idea at the time,” he joked.

The World’s Biggest Bake Sale is selling baked goods until 6 p.m. Saturday at The Boardwalk on Ira Needles Boulevard in Waterloo. Look for the balloons and bright orange shirts across from the Rogers store. For the latest updates on their record-breaking attempt, follow @KWBigBakeSale on Twitter.

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Jul 12, 2013: New integrated medical centre to open in early 2014

July 12, 2013   

WATERLOO — A new medical centre in Waterloo is quickly taking shape and doctors, specialists and other health services are expected to move in by January.

Already about 1,000 people have added their names to the waiting list for a doctor at the new centre on Ira Needles Boulevard. So far, 18 doctors are committed to the centre and it’s expected to be home to more than two dozen.

“Things are going really well in terms of the community response,” said Cynthia Voisin, who is with The Boardwalk development partner Voisin Developments.

Construction on the four-storey, 80,000-square-feet building started last summer and its exterior should be done within the next two months. Then work will begin on the custom-designed suites.

“It’s coming together,” Voisin said.

The first floor will have a laboratory, diagnostic imaging and pharmacy. The developers are also working with local hospitals to provide services in clinics on the main floor. A physiotherapist is also moving in.

Family doctors and specialists will be on the second, third and fourth floors.

“That really will address the problem with the doctor shortage,” said Voisin, adding that they’ve been working with the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce’s physician recruitment team.

Three new graduates from the local medical school are opening practices there. There are also doctors planning on a retirement and wanting to make the transition smoother for patients, who will then move to another doctor in the centre.

A specialists’ clinic will rent space as needed to allow more flexibility than a lease, such as one day a week.

“We want specialists to come to the building,” Voisin said.

They’re inviting doctors to an open house later this month to have a sneak peek at the new centre, which is designed to support a team-like atmosphere. Technology is integrated to facilitate communication and make routine tasks easier, such as emailing prescriptions to the on-site pharmacy or sending requisitions to the lab and getting results. A huge generator on the roof will ensure constant power.

For patients, there are many conveniences — lots of free parking, easy access on public transit, a canopy at the entrance to shelter those being dropped off, and many services all in one location.

Voisin says she gets calls every day about the new centre, mostly from people who are curious about the doctors who will be moving in.

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June 10, 2013: Medical Centre at The Boardwalk Prepares to Revolutionize Medical Care in Waterloo Region

June 10, 2013   

Mary-Sue-Fitzpatrick Mary Sue Fitzpatrick, Vice President, Physician Recruitment – Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce

Waterloo Region is known around the world for its strong technology sector and ability to create new and innovative products and services. Soon Waterloo Region will be home to a revolutionary place for health care delivery and that place is the Medical Centre at The Boardwalk.

The Medical Centre will be a state of the art facility that will become a beacon for health care providers from around the Region and soon to be home for over two dozen doctors to practice in. Before we get too far into the facility itself, I want to talk about The INCC Corp. that created The Boardwalk as a destination on the west side, straddling Kitchener and Waterloo along Ira Needles Blvd.

When the INCC Corp. began their ambitious project of building over a million square feet of retail space, they were also required to build at least 72,000 square feet of office space as per zoning laws. After significant conversations with the Chamber’s Physician Recruitment Task Force, the INCC Corp. decided to commit to building a space dedicated to health care. It seemed to be the greatest deficiency in the region and of critical importance for the local residents without a family doctor. The infrastructure would be appealing to doctors, as would the vision of the project. Medical Centre In Construction

According to Managing Director Cynthia Voisin, the emphasis is “to assemble like-minded medical professionals and create a culture of collegiality amongst GPs, while providing convenience to the patients who will benefit from having medical services in one location.” As of right now, it looks like they are doing just that.

The base building currently under construction will be finished in Fall of 2013 and will house a staggering 80,000 square feet of medical space. This space will bring general practitioners at all stages in their careers into one place, creating a unique mentorship opportunity for new family doctors. The Medical Centre will also bring together specialists from different disciplines under one roof to encourage ease of referrals and informal consults.

Doctors will be able to enjoy customized and modern facilities that meet their specific needs whether they prefer individual suites or in group settings. The ability of the Medical Centre to design and build custom and efficient turn-key space for the GPs is extremely appealing to facilitate setting up their offices.

With the exterior construction of the Medical Centre nearing completion, the interior space is being assembled for doctors, specialists, and medical service providers who have already committed to the location and vision of the project. These offices will be opening January 2014, making this a very quick turnaround of just 18 months since shovels went into the ground.

The Medical Centre means No Orphaned Patients and Convenience

It is anticipated that there will be more than 1,000 visits each day to the Medical Centre. Cynthia Voisin highlighted that there will be abundant parking at the Medical Centre with absolutely no charge for patients and staff for convenience and accessibility. A waiting list to website has been implemented to facilitate orphaned patients getting a family doctor.

I’ve also been told that there are several impressive components that will be implemented in the building, with details soon to be released. These additions will unquestionably have a positive impact on patient care. The Chamber couldn’t be more excited for the completion of the Medical Centre at The Boardwalk, as it will be a big draw for new doctors to the Region and provide a diversified facility right here in Kitchener-Waterloo.

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March 1, 2013: DQ Grill & Chill opens at The Boardwalk

March 1, 2013   

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Medical Centre will fill void in Waterloo area

August 10, 2012   

WATERLOO — A large medical centre is being built at The Boardwalk in Waterloo, its aim to draw 25 family doctors along with other health care professionals and services.

“It’s access to health care and a tool to attract physicians to our community,” said Jeff MacIntyre, past chair of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. “It’s incredibly exciting.”

An estimated 20,000 people in Kitchener-Waterloo area are without a family doctor. Physician recruitment has long been a goal of the chamber, which has a position dedicated to attracting new doctors to the area.

“It’s going to be transformational for the Kitchener-Waterloo health care scene and ultimately for businesses and patients,” MacIntyre said.

The complex will offer a range of health services that includes doctors, specialists, a pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, including X-ray and ultrasound, and a laboratory.

The four-storey centre is slated to open January 2014.

“It’s a big space to fill, but we’re quite encouraged by the response,” MacIntyre said.

Already they’ve been meeting with doctors who are interested in leasing space, as well as pharmacists and physiotherapists. People are calling about jobs in the building and signing up to be patients.

“People are ahead of us because we don’t even have our paperwork ready yet,” Cynthia Voisin, who is with The Boardwalk development partner Voisin Developments and promoter of the medical centre.

The sprawling shopping area alongside Ira Needles Boulevard had a zoning requirement to include an office building. With the shortage of family doctors in the area and the rapidly expanding neighbourhood around The Boardwalk, the developers saw a need and opportunity for building more than just another business space.

“We wanted to provide something unique,” Voisin, said.

Parking will be free and the Medical Centre is accessible on public transit routes.

Although the Waterloo Region is growing and has lots to offer, MacIntyre said it is challenging to entice people to move here because of the doctor shortage that can leave newcomers without primary care for years.

Newly graduated doctors are also looking for a group atmosphere, rather than traditional single-physician practices.

“They really want to practise in a more collegial environment,” MacIntyre said.

While the building offers those individual offices, a space for multiple doctors is also available.

Ultimately, he said, the discussions possible in a multi-doctor setting provide better care to patients, as well as the possibility of larger patient rosters to provide more people with care.

It’s hoped more experience physicians will also move into the building with the new doctors to nurture mentorships.

“This is about creating a better health care model,” MacIntyre said.

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Medical Centre announced

July 26, 2012   

Ground was broken late last week at the site of what is being hailed as an innovative and collaborative solution to the region’s doctor shortage.

Dubbed the Medical Centre at The Boardwalk, the 80,000-square-foot, four-storey building has the capacity for 20 to 25 family doctors.

It is also designed to house integrated medical experts such as a pharmacy, laboratory, medical imaging specialists and other clinics.

Currently, about 20,000 residents in the Region of Waterloo do not have access to a family doctor, and business experts believe the centre will go a long way to reducing that number.

“This will be a great tool for recruiting doctors and solving that shortage,” said Ian McLean, president and CEO of the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce at the building’s groundbreaking last Thursday.

The building will be located at the north end of The Boardwalk’s 36-hectare commercial complex that straddles the boundary between Kitchener and Waterloo.

Dr. John Sehl, a family physician with 20 years of experience in the region, said it has been designed as a one-stop shop for patients.

“The in-house services will allow doctors to spend more time with their patients, and lead to faster results by having specialists in the same building,” Sehl said, noting it could also help doctors by providing an opportunity for them to foster business relationships with other doctors and to develop a personal support network.

The $20-million Medical Centre is being built by Melloul Blamey Construction and should employ 800 people, serving 40,000 to 50,000 patients annually, said Greg Voisin, the president of Voisin Developments, the developer of the complex.

Voisin told the crowd of more than 200 people that they initially intended to erect an office building at the site, but after discussions with local business experts they decided to develop the medical facility instead.

This is the first building of its type that the company has designed, and in an interview after the groundbreaking ceremony Voisin said they would be open to building more, should future demand warrant it.

“We’ll see how this one goes first,” he said with a smile.

Roger Farwell, the former chair of the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce, noted the province has named Waterloo Region as one of its “places to grow” with the population expected to balloon up to 750,000 in the coming years.

The continued development of buildings that cater to the needs of doctors and specialists alike is critical in achieving that goal, he said.

He said the chamber reshaped its doctor recruitment strategy in 2005, helping to cut the shortage from 40,000 people without doctors to 20,000 today, and the new facility will continue that work.

“This facility will serve those that are already here, those that are coming and it will help recruit more doctors,” said Farwell.

“This is a turning point for us.”

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Daycare option is back on the table at The Boardwalk

July 25, 2012   

WATERLOO REGION — Residents may cause a stink Tuesday as Waterloo Region’s landfill liaison committee debates the possibility of a daycare near the local landfill.

Owners of The Boardwalk project are planning an extension that would include two office buildings and possibly a daycare, but the region and city are eyeing the daycare option with caution.

“I try not to be judgmental about what I believe I would do for my kid,” said Waterloo Coun. Mark Whaley, who sits on the committee. “Who am I to say that it’s too stinky for their kid?”

In first phase of the project in 2009, a stipulation was made that no daycare with outdoor space would be built.

Whaley said he will be interested in input from “mothers and grandmothers.”

The developers say the nearly 3,500 people who would work at The Boardwalk when it’s finished could use the daycare, as well as families on the west side of Waterloo. They say there have been several requests.

The proposed location for the child care space would be about a kilometre from the landfill, according to Vince Varga, an in-house planner for the Boardwalk developers, who said nothing was set in stone.

“We’re asking permission to consider a daycare,” Varga said.

He said the company had no interest in ruining its relationship with the community or endangering anyone.

“We’re not going to do anything that isn’t reasonable and safe,” Varga said. “Our kids will be maybe going to this daycare, or our grandkids.”

If the region and city don’t approve, he said another use would be found. If they do, Varga said it is up to the province to grant a licence for operation.

Carl Kaufman is a member of the liaison committee.

“Why would a daycare centre be bad?” Kaufman said. “There’s nothing bad about it. They need a daycare centre out there.”

He doesn’t oppose the use and instead has made it his personal mission to see the landfill shut down, Kaufman said.

A zoning amendment was presented to Waterloo council in May, under which the request to consider a daycare was made.

Now the city awaits feedback from the landfill committee and Region of Waterloo before giving its approval and sending the project forward.

City planner Trevor Hawkins said a decision on the zoning application would likely be made in the fall.

The liaison committee meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the landfill administration building, 925 Erb St. W., Waterloo. The meeting is open to the public.

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The Boardwalk breaks ground on Medical Centre

July 20, 2012   

WATERLOO REGION — Ground was broken Thursday on a four-storey building that the owners of The Boardwalk at Ira Needles Boulevard hope will go a long way toward alleviating the doctor shortage in the region.

Called the Medical Centre, the 80,000-square-foot building will include a pharmacy, laboratory, a medical imaging site and space for general practitioners, specialists and medical clinics, Boardwalk officials said in a news release.

The building will be located at the north end of The Boardwalk’s sprawling 36-hectare commercial complex on the west side of Kitchener and Waterloo.

“Kitchener-Waterloo has been challenged to find primary care physicians for more than 20,000 residents without a family doctor,” the company said.

“Recent discussions indicate that this landmark medical building will attract new physicians to our community.”

Designed by A. Baldassarra Architects, the Medical Centre is being built by Melloul Blamey Construction and will be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2013.

Launched in 2010, The Boardwalk now has more than 20 tenants including Walmart, Lowe’s, Empire Theatres and Golf Town.

New tenants coming later this summer include Moores Clothing for Men, The Shoe Company and Thyme Maternity, The Boardwalk officials said.

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New Medical Centre

July 19, 2012   

Construction is underway on an 80-thousand square foot medical centre at The Boardwalk on Ira Needles Boulevard.

It could provide some relief to the doctor shortage in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Cynthia Voisin, with The Boardwalk Development team, tells 570news that the business community in the Region has expressed concerns with hiring new talent because of the shortage of doctors.

She says they have a lot of ‘flexibility in their preliminary design right now.’

Voisin says the hope is to attract between 20 and 30 new family doctors and to have a good mix of new and experienced physicians.

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July 19, 2012: New construction has commenced on the Medical Centre at The Boardwalk


The INCC Corporation is thrilled to announce the next phase of development at The Boardwalk. New construction has commenced on the Medical Centre at The Boardwalk, a four-storey building totaling 80,000 square feet. Designed by A. Baldassarra Architects, it is located at the north end of The Boardwalk’s 90-acre site. The building tender has been awarded to Melloul-Blamey Construction for fall 2013 completion.

Kitchener-Waterloo has been challenged to find primary care physicians for more than 20,000 residents without a family doctor. The business community has identified the doctor shortage as a major concern with the attraction of new employees to the area. Previous efforts to attract physicians have been based on the many benefits of what K-W has to offer. What has been lacking is a facility utilizing an innovative and efficient model of healthcare delivery. Recent discussions indicate that this landmark medical building will attract new physicians to our community.

This Medical Centre will be designed and dedicated to patient healthcare by providing a number of services in one place. Designated uses such as pharmacy, laboratory, and medical imaging on-site will create convenience for the patients. A more efficient healthcare delivery model will include general practitioners, specialists, specialty clinics and related services in individual physician suites, smaller group units and large pods. Integrated technology will minimize wait time for patients and expedite treatment. This is critical to access current medical records, test results and dialogue with other healthcare providers.

The Medical Centre will equally address the concerns expressed by medical professionals: new graduates want the guidance and mentoring of experienced doctors, while seasoned doctors have identified that their patients would benefit from medical collaboration with other physicians and specialists. Any doctor who has worked in the hospital environment recognizes the advantage of the informal hallway consult and the mutual collegial support. Our goal is to promote a culture of medical collaboration amongst professionals working here.

Those visiting the Medical Centre by car will appreciate ample free parking surrounding the building, unlike most medical facilities including hospitals. The parking lots will be in close proximity to the building’s north and south entrances, featuring convenient drop-off zones.

Grand River Transit now provides two bus routes to The Boardwalk and in order to meet increasing need has planned for two more to be added shortly providing more convenience for those who require access other than by car.

For the hundreds of people working in the building, the amenities in the immediate area can be utilized for convenient shopping and entertainment. It is within walking distance to a fitness facility, three banks and in close proximity to fashion, grocery, and retail stores.

The location, design, and functionality of the Medical Centre are unique to Kitchener-Waterloo. Our goal is simply to eliminate doctor shortage by providing a shell for medical services for the residents. Everyone in the region, including those providing and receiving healthcare, can be excited for what will be inside these walls.

Background: Situated on 90 acres, The Boardwalk stretches one kilometre from the north to south end, parallel to Ira Needles Blvd. with the Kitchener-Waterloo city border bisecting the development. Astounding regional growth, coupled with an influx of emerging businesses and growth of tech companies, puts The Boardwalk in an ideal market to flourish. Its prime location on the west side is in close proximity to the city’s higher educational institutions on University Avenue and is easily accessed from Highway 7-8 (The Expressway) at the Trussler Road/Ira Needles Blvd. exit.

For more information, please contact Cynthia Voisin at The Boardwalk, 519.503.0079

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April 27, 2012: Scotiabank at The Boardwalk hosts Grand Opening

April 27, 2012   

On 12th of March, Scotiabank proudly opened the doors of its newest location on the Westside of Kitchener-Waterloo at The Boardwalk. Scotiabank’s 2360th branch was designed by their real estate department and Our Cool Blue Architects Inc. This 4,850 sq.ft. new ‘green’ freestanding building is accessible from Ira Needles Blvd.

The Scotiabank Boardwalk Branch’s team of financial professionals looks forward to providing customers with a complete range of personal and small business borrowing, investing and wealth management advice, solutions and services as well as convenient hours of operation. The branch will be opened from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays to Wednesdays, and will also provide extended banking hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. To further meet your banking needs, The Boardwalk Branch is also open on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The new Scotiabank branch uses Green Guard Certified Systems Furniture and has a national Green Maintenance Plan that uses only Green Seal approved non polluting products and process for general purpose cleaning. A green building education program will be displayed within the branch on the LCD displays, educating both staff and customers about Scotiabank’s Green Initiatives and the Green Improvements of The Boardwalk Branch. These and many other ‘green’ features make this Scotiabank Branch a truly responsible and unique part of Kitchener-Waterloo’s new community.

Maria Santos, the Branch Manager, together with her enthusiastic team was pleased to present Parents for Community Living with a $500 donation at the opening. Read more about it here


March 29, 2012: Marshalls opens at The Boardwalk

March 29, 2012   

Discount clothing retailer Marshalls is expanding in Canada with six new stores in Oshawa, Hamilton, Burlington, Kitchener, Barrie and Ottawa opening March 29.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen a strong desire for affordable fashion” said Marshalls spokesperson, Colleen Uncao, in a statement issued this morning.

Marshalls entered the Canadian market last year, with six GTA stores in Ajax, Etobicoke, Leaside, Mississauga, Scarborough and Woodbridge.

Marshalls is owned by The TJX Companies Inc., which also operates Winners and HomeSense in Canada and T.J. Maxx in the U.S.

Like Winners, Marshalls offers current fashions at discount prices, but with a stronger focus on clothing for the entire family. Marshalls locations also offer a large selection of boxed shoes.

TJX has more than 2,800 stores worldwide and reported $22-billion in revenues in 2010.


March 1, 2012: Golf Town opens at The Boardwalk

March 1, 2012   

It’s shaping up to be a great year for Waterloo – area golfers as the city is ready to welcome its first Golf Town superstore.

Canada’s largest golf retailer, providing unequaled selection and competitive prices from coast to coast, announces the grand opening of its 54th Canadian location on Thursday, March 1 at 225 The Boardwalk in the Kitchener/Waterloo region.

“As demand grows for Golf Town’s unrivalled service, selection and prices, we continue to open new stores to better meet our customers’ needs,” say Golf Town’s interim CEO Ron Hornbaker. “Waterloo is a passionate golfing community. We’re very excited to be part of it and we’re committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable and convenient shopping experience.”

The 16, 287-sq.-ft. facility, which complements the Kitchener superstore that opened in March 2006, will feature Golf Town’s brand name equipment, apparel and accessories as well as a full range of Golf Town Academy services, including an in store putting green and the three hitting bays with the largest golf simulator technology. The Waterloo location will also feature the company’s cutting-edge new Swing Labs custom fitting technology, which provides extensive launch data analysis for every player’s swing, then narrows their ideal equipment choices from a possible 820,000 club combinations to just three, which the customer can then test in the hitting bays. Swing Labs custom fitting technology will be launch in all Golf Town locations in April of this year.

“The product selection in store is outstanding, along with a number of fantastic Grand Opening daily specials, and great draw prizes through Sunday, the new Waterloo Golf Town team is excited to present an unparalleled retail experience, ” says Golf Town’s Regional Vice-President for Western Ontario, Scott MacKinnon.

As an added bonus, the first 100 customers on Thursday, March 1 will also receive a free gift bag.

The Waterloo opening also features a coming-home party for PGA of Canada teaching professional Bill Stewart. A former professional with the Waterloo Golf Academy and most recently with Golf Town’s Brampton store, Stewart will oversee The Academy at Golf Town in Waterloo.


Ira Needles needs four lanes soon

February 29, 2012   

WATERLOO REGION — Go ahead and say ‘I told you so’ if you always thought Ira Needles Boulevard should have been built four lanes wide.

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The Athletic Club at The Boardwalk celebrates Grand Opening…

January 27, 2012   

The Athletic Club at The Boardwalk on Ira Needles had its official opening last Friday and featured an open house of the new 65,000-square foot facility that boasts a members’ lounge and cafe, 600 pieces of equipment like lifecycles and unique classes like anti-gravity yoga.

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