*Project led by Brock Schroeder and Blaine Jansen while employed at a previous firm.
Kasian Architecture Interior Design & Planning
Alberta Health Services
69,956 m2 (753,000 ft²) (including interstitial space)
Structural Engineering Consultant
Alberta Health Services sought to create a functional, efficient, flexible and expandable hospital to provide true family-centered care. The New Alberta Children’s Hospital features bright colours and large windows. It also includes unique elements such as: family-friendly rooms with pull-out beds and full ensuite to allow patients’ families to stay overnight; several play-therapy rooms; a sunroom for patients who cannot go outside; a music and art studio; and six healing gardens.
Since the hospital’s floor plate stretches the length of two football fields, temporary expansion joints were used by the project crews during construction. . Once the building was enclosed and temperatures were stable, we devised a system to fix all the joints and grout them in, making infection prevention control much easier.
Challenge: While a concrete slab system makes more sense than a steel system in a hospital, it is harder to core holes through slabs ‒especially near columns‒ to accommodate future services, new medical equipment, and new processes and innovations in the delivery of health care.
Solution: We created a concrete structure with a very flat beam that reduced the reinforcing density in the beam. We also provided “sleeves” which are essentially future core hole locations and identified them in the slabs.