The Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Centre is an 11-story, 365,000-square-foot health care facility, with 600 underground parking stalls, at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH). It supports 600,000 patients annually, as well as several hundred medical students and medical professionals. The facility was delivered as public-private partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health and Access Health Vancouver, of which PCL was a partner.
Innovation began early, with site excavation. Half the site required controlled rock blasting, which meant construction proceeded on one half of the building, while the other half was held back for blasting. The two halves were joined later. This six-week blasting project was unforeseen, but the PCL team worked diligently to ensure it didn’t delay the schedule.
Another significant challenge was working not only adjacent to a major intersection, but also next to VGH’s emergency room. PCL had to ensure that people were able to move safely by foot, vehicle, and emergency helicopter. The project team worked closely with Navigation Canada to ensure required safety measures were met and that all pilots were prepared for takeoff and landing near a construction zone.