Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre

Edmonton, Alberta

Client: University of Alberta Hospital
Size: 1,848,000 sq.ft. (172,000 sq.m.)

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, Day Surgery Unit, Emergency, Surgical ICU, Clinical Laboratories, Radiology, Surgical Suite, Teaching Facilities and Medical Library. The Centre has five levels above and two levels below grade, with parking situated underneath the entire building. Inpatient units are located on the upper three levels, each containing approximately 300 beds. Three 18-bed nursing units are grouped in a number of 54-bed “mini-hospitals” to foster individual care. The building is a full interstitial hospital.

A 31.5-foot by 63-foot service module provides maximum free floor area for future growth and change in the Centre’s 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.


  • 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