Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre

Edmonton, Alberta

Design Thinking: Built as a replacement for an existing 1,000-bed hospital, the Centre contains 950-beds and is the teaching hospital for the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine. Facilities include comprehensive outpatient services, inpatient units, a day surgery unit, emergency department, surgical ICU, clinical labs, radiology, surgical suites, teaching facilities and a medical library.

Key Features:
A 31.5 foot by 63 foot service module provides maximum floor area for future growth to adapt to the Centre’s changing needs. Two five-storey, glass-enclosed atriums located between the three hospital wings provide clear orientation and a pleasant garden atmosphere, offering patients, visitors and staff a welcome relief from the anxieties and stresses of illness. The building’s external appearance sensitively responds to the university buildings with the brick colour and precast trim chosen for this purpose.

Completed as Predecessor Firm: Zeidler Roberts Partnership Architects
Client: University of Alberta Hospital
Size: 1,848,000 sq.ft. (172,000 sq.m.)
Awards:
• Governor General of Canada – Governor General’s Medal for Architecture, Certificate of Merit, 1986
• Modern Healthcare & The American Institute of Architects – Architectural Design Citation for Healthcare, 1986