Halton Healthcare

Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

As a large super hospital, this greenfield ~ 1.5 million ft2 facility features ORs, Emergency Department, Diagnostic Imaging, Mental Health, Long term Critical Care, and Dialysis services. There is also a large central kitchen and central Sterile Processing department. The hospital has been certified LEED Gold NC, exceeding its target of LEED Silver NC.

The central utility plant provides 4200 tons of cooling, 1500 bhp of hot water and 1500 bhp of steam. There is 15 MW of generator capacity onsite, along with 72 hours of fuel oil storage and a large fuel oil distribution system.

Some of the complexity inherent in this project was due to the design work being split between multiple engineering companies, which significantly increased the amount of coordination required. A key challenge was simply the scale of the new hospital, which increased the complexity of all of the systems. It required integration of systems across multiple engineering companies who were producing different portions of the design.

Another challenge was the extremely tight project schedule. This meant that tasks, which are normally completed sequentially, had to be done concurrently. This required very exacting planning and accelerated design work. Regular meetings with multiple engineering and architecture disciplines allow parties to bring their issues and design requirements to the table and to work through them in a collaborative way.

The vertical transportation design scope included 33 elevators servicing the main hospital building and 3 providing service to the parking garage.

The project co. required commissioning support for the contracting team in order to achieve milestones. HH Angus assembled a separate team of technical personnel to blitz specific systems in a 7-week period. With little preparation time, HH Angus leveraged members of the design team to train the commissioning personnel prior to going to site. 

Mechanical Engineering | Vertical Transportation Consultant | Commissioning Support

Size: 1.5 million ft2 | Completed 2015 | Greenfield super hospital project | LEED Gold

Oakville, Ontario

Central Utility Plant provides 4200 tons of cooling, 1500 bhp of hot water and 1500 bhp of steam | 36 elevators serve the hospital and parking facilities


Alternate approach to Cx

Through a cycle of improvements in methodology, HH Angus was able to improve productivity on site by more than 100% with an alternate approach to commissioning, which was shared with other onsite commissioning groups.