The Cooperators Canada
“Our people will have first class work environments that support their wellbeing and set the bar in our industry when it comes to workplace design and sustainable construction.”
Shawn Fitzgerald, VP Enterprise Procurement/Workplace Services, The Cooperators
HH Angus designed a complete fitout, including mechanical, electrical, ICAT, and emergency backup power design for this 9-storey renovation. Each floor was a mix of open office and collaboration spaces with ancillary serveries. The second floor had a full commercial kitchen and café area.
Among the challenges of the project was the existing building back up power system, which was not configured to support the new equipment our client desired. We worked closely with our client’s landlord and building managers to find a solution that provided the client with the ability to operate 24/7 without overloading the existing system’s capabilities. Through careful calculations and creative thinking, we were able to reconfigure the existing MCC (motor control centre), and transfer the most crucial items onto the generator system.
Our team worked closely with the return-to-base engineers to relocate new infrastructure within their project scope, in order to ensure work did not need to be duplicated later in our scope. A good example of this was collaborating on new heat pump locations. Since many locations on the floor plates have exposed ceilings, we ensured heat pumps were being located optimally during the back-to-base work, removing the requirement for our project to move them.
When the COVID-19 epidemic became a factor in the late stages of the project, our team quickly adapted to ensure trades were kept accountable and on schedule for project delivery.
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | ICAT Design | Audio-Visual Design | Communications Design
Status: Completed 2020 | 9 storey complete fitout | Each floor a mix of open office and collaboration spaces | Ancillary services – full commercial kitchen and café
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
9 storeys | Equipment retrofit for existing emergency power system | Detailed coordination with interior design team for multiple ceiling arrangements | Participated in value engineering discussion to meet client’s needs within available budget
St. Joseph’s Health Centre
Mental Health Emergency Services Unit
We consulted with hospital clinical staff, the architect and best practices documentation in the field of Mental Health design in order to provide tamper-proof and anti-ligature versions of M&E devices and services in all patient rooms.
Our project scope was the complete redevelopment of the existing Mental Health Emergency Services Unit. This involved upgrading and modernizing the unit in order to support eight patient rooms, (the previous unit had only three patient rooms).
New, energy-efficient LED lighting fixtures, complete with dimming controls, replaced the old, inefficient fluorescent lighting fixtures. Remote patient room controls, located at the Nurses’ Station, allow clinical staff to control the electrical receptacle in each patient’s room, the smart glass on the room’s door/window, as well as the room’s lighting fixture, including remote-controlled dimming. A modern real-time locating system was also provided; it includes patient tracking, staff duress and patient wandering functionality. Note: This project was honoured with a 2020 Toronto IES Illumination Section Award
More than 30 IP-based security cameras were installed, including two cameras in each patient room. These are viewable from computers at the Nurses’ Station.
One of the challenges of the project was that the hospital did not have a viable existing IT room to house all the new voice/data infrastructure. As a result, we had to design a new IT room on the floor below the renovation area to support the new unit and future Emergency Department redevelopment. This was done during construction; therefore, the design and coordination were fast-tracked and subsequently completed successfully.
Also, remote patient room controls were not well defined throughout the design process. During construction, we had to quickly coordinate with several vendors, each with a proprietary system, in order to provide a solution that the contractor could execute.
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Communications and Security Design | Lighting Design
Status: Completed 2019 | Winner: 2020 Toronto IES Illumination Section Award | Energy-efficient LED lighting | Remote room controls | Real-time locating service | 30 IP-based cameras | New IT room
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Tamper-proof and anti-ligature M&E services | Design of remote room controls to provide enhanced staff safety and minimizing disturbance to patients | Fast-track design of IT room was required during construction stage
Remotely located controls
This approach provides increased staff security and convenience, and minimizes disturbance to patients.
A new security and communications design allows safe observation of patient activities from a secure staff area.
Commercial Broadway Station
Angus Lighting was engaged to provide lighting design for the new station platform at Translink's busiest station.
The Commercial Broadway Station connects the elevated Expo Line, the Millennium Line, and the 99B Rapid Busway, handling an estimated 200,000 SkyTrain and bus passengers daily.
Concourse level lighting was installed on open, angled overhead trusses and provides indirect light to prevent glare and to deliver a soft, uniform and safe environment for passengers. The station area located on the level directly below the new platform saw an LED retrofit to suit that environment.
Some of the platform stairways feature lit handrails as an architectural element to provide proper illumination of the stair treads. Lighting for the stairs and escalators was positioned for ease of maintenance, with the goal of avoiding having to install scaffolding whenever maintenance work was required for the lights.
The new platform allows for passenger boarding from both sides of the train, a development that relieves congestion at this transit hub.
Translink's busiest station, with over 20,000 passengers daily | Station connects 2 transit lines and a busway | Status: Completed 2019
Vancouver, British Columbia
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
LED luminaires | Dedicated platform edge lighting | Lit handrails | Concourse lighting installed on open trusses
Designing for Safety
The new lighting consists of all LED luminaires, including dedicated platform edge lighting, with special optics to focus passenger attention clearly on the platform edge for enhanced safety.
Architecture and lighting
To illuminate the rest of the platform, the architectural steel ‘trees’ housed all the luminaires, and provided both provide direct and indirect lighting.
All images courtesy of AECOM
Interior Health Authority
Royal Inland Hospital Patient Care Tower
The new Patient Care Tower (PCT) being constructed on the campus of the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, BC will include 13 operating suites and patient floors for mental health and medical/surgical beds, perinatal centre, labour and delivery rooms, and neonatal intensive care unit.
At 290,625 ft2 (gross floor area) of clinical, administrative and support spaces, the new PCT is as a nine-storey building with rooftop helipad and two levels of underground parking, plus new surface parking. Occupancy is anticipated for 2022.
HH Angus is providing mechanical electrical consulting engineering services, with design targeting LEED Gold certification. The DBFM project be in two phases: Phase 1 is the design and construction of the PCT; Phase 2, slated for 2024, will see extensive renovation and expansion to the existing emergency department, pediatrics, post-anaesthetic recovery and morgue.
The mechanical design for the tower includes energy efficient heating and cooling systems with a variety of heat recovery features. The ventilation design includes redundant capability, outbreak control as well as future flexibility.
New electrical services include 25kV transformers powering the campus in its entirety. New generators will provide redundancy and resiliency to the patient care tower.
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Lighting Design
Size: 290,625 ft2 | Status: Completion 2022
Kamloops, British Columbia
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Initiating P3 9-storey patient care tower |Helipad | Energy efficient heating and cooling | Heat recovery | Persuing LEED Gold
Integrated new and old
Integration with the existing hospital systems is a significant challenge and requires numerous connections.
Best in Class
The Royal Inland Hospital Project was awarded 2018 North American Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year, recognizing it as a ‘best in class’ transaction in the international and energy sectors.
Fraser Health Authority
Royal Columbian Hospital Redevelopment
The Royal Columbian Hospital is the oldest hospital in the province of B.C. and one of the busiest in the Fraser Health Authority. Royal Columbian provides expert care to the province's most seriously ill or injured. It is the only hospital in B.C. that caters to trauma, cardiac care, neurosurgery, high-risk, obstetrics, neonatal intensive care, and acute mental health care all on one site.
HH Angus and Associates is serving as the Planning, Implementation and Closeout Consultant for the Fraser Health Authority’s large, multi-phase redevelopment for Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) in New Westminster, BC.
RCH is British Columbia’s oldest hospital, and one of only two adult trauma centres in the Lower Mainland. The plan, rolling out in three proposed phases over a decade, will see a major expansion of the acute care campus, with upgrades to critical infrastructure.
Phase 1 included a number of projects to help prepare the hospital’s infrastructure for future expansion. These were a new energy centre; a five-storey, 75-bed mental health and substance abuse facility; underground parking for 450 cars; and a regional data centre which will serve all Fraser Health sites, including 12 hospitals and a large group of community healthcare centres serving a population of 1.6 million.
Phase 1 design challenges included the site itself, which is a steeply sloped, truncated triangle constrained on four sides by roadways. Working closely with CannonDesign, we developed an Indicative Design to ensure the site would work for a mental health building while accommodating the energy centre.
Other challenges included complex scheduling issues to maintain reliable services to the site as the new Energy Centre replaced the old one, and the design of a new, large heating, cooling and electrical plant to serve the current and future RCH campus. HH Angus engineers drew on their deep experience in delivering large healthcare projects to project the future heating, cooling and electrical demands on the Energy Centre that would support the long-term needs of RCH for buildings not yet designed.
Phase 2’s new Acute Care Tower will house a number of services, including emergency, surgery, intensive care and inpatient rooms. Expansion and renovations to the existing buildings will follow in Phase 3. New buildings will be designed to LEED Gold green building standards, and incorporate BC wood, as part of Fraser Health's and the Province's commitment to sustainability.
Image courtesy of CannonDesign.
PDC - Mechanical Compliance Engineering | Electrical Compliance Engineering | Vertical Transportation Compliance
Status: Phase 1 – work is finished, Phase 2 – ongoing | Buildings being designed to LEED Gold
New Westminister, BC
KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Planning, Implementation and Closeout Consultant | Phase 1 includes a number of projects to help prepare hospital infrastructure for future expansion | Phase 2 Acute Care Tower