*Project led by Brock Schroeder and Blaine Jansen while employed at a previous firm.
Alberta Health Services
61,000 m² (656,599 ft²)
Structural Engineering Consultant
The Foothills Medical Centre’s (FMC) nine-storey McCaig Tower is a major acute care addition to the FMC site. It is also the first phase in a three-phase master plan for FMC.
Re-development of the FMC site accommodates the addition by re-structuring vehicular and pedestrian access routes to minimize through traffic, both on-site and in surrounding communities. The McCaig Tower also provides a second entrance to the hospital. Rising from a very tight location, a university research building sits to one side of the tower, a clinical wing on the other, and several buildings, including an MRI centre, border its rear.
During design, we realized that the footprint of an existing laundry building, which was being demolished at the time, was close to an exact match to that of a contemplated loading facility. As a result, we re-used the 60-year-old trusses, which were in great condition, as the roof trusses for the new loading facility.
Challenge: Accomplish major construction while relocating services and avoiding tunnels below the building.
Solution: We designed systems that span over top of existing tunnels. Transfer beams at upper levels in the building and hangars below supported the floor slabs of the structure, allowing the project team to eschew columns underneath and avoid existing tunnels vital to the operation of the existing facility.