Phase one of the Stolley Pediatric Critical Care expansion was a new, 19,000-square-foot Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU), located on the sixth floor of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. The PCICU has 25 patient rooms, an isolation room, procedure and quiet rooms, a lounge for families, a conference room, staff and equipment areas, and a dedicated hemodialysis water-treatment system. In addition, a new elevator was installed, and lobby renovations done on each floor.
Innovation drove the success of this project, as PCL collaborated with trade contractors to create 3D scans of existing shell interstitial floor space and a model of the new electrical and mechanical services. Development and review of the 3D model proved to be effective tools in identifying and mitigating interferences between the existing structure and the new mechanical and electrical infrastructure. The result was the elimination of potential rework, increasing site efficiency.
Nearly 500 children every year spend time in the Stollery PCICU — half of them babies. The renovation allows for increased natural light, thereby improving sleep and recovery time. Carefully controlled air flow and individual rooms help prevent the further spread of infection within the PCICU. Collaboration throughout the entire scope of the project allowed the PCICU to be completed on schedule and budget.