Construction on the Stollery Children’s Hospital Pediatric Surgical Suite Expansion and Renovation took place inside existing space in the Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre. Construction started in October 2014 and was completed in July 2016. The project site was surrounded by existing sensitive departments within the hospital, including operating theatres, MRI equipment, neuroscience space, and EEG labs, requiring the project team to plan, communicate, and execute construction in a way that did not impact these surrounding hospital operations. With the project mere steps away from active pediatric surgery at any given time, the team worked closely with the hospital’s facilities staff to neutralize or minimize all impacts while completing this highly intricate work of upgrading the pediatric surgical space to a modern level of care.
The project included decant of the existing area followed by construction of five operating theatres, two procedure rooms, recovery bed area, and reception area. This resulted in a more efficiently designed space that allows the Stollery Children’s Hospital to perform an additional 2,800 surgeries per year. The updated space incorporates child-friendly decorations, including colorful murals and light fixtures designed by children.
PCL built an operating room mock-up before the start of construction, resulting in some changes to the design; since construction hadn’t yet started, no rework was required and the cost of the changes was significantly minimized. PCL also minimized the proposed construction phasing by working closely with Alberta Infrastructure (AI), Alberta Health Services (AHS), and the user groups. This in turn saved four months of the schedule, allowing the space to be fully operational four months before originally planned.