Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 

Garry Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre

“The Garry Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre will revolutionize the future of brain health like never before. It will be a global hub of innovation that will accelerate the discovery of the next generation of treatments, prevention and possible cures to the world’s most debilitating brain conditions.”*

HH Angus is providing mechanical and Electrical engineering for this 118,285 ft2, three-storey above-grade structure. The building will be constructed within a dense urban campus between existing building wings and will be connected to the main hospital circulation spine, with flexibility provided to accommodate future expansion.

Our project scope includes:

  • Expansions to existing infrastructure, including a new 1600 ton centrifugal 4160 volt Chiller;
  • A major modification to the Emergency Power System to provide emergency power to at least one chiller and the chilled water distribution system;
  • New steam service and high voltage electrical services to the new building from the existing power plant
  • A significant Information Technology service and distribution system, including fibre cable connections to the hospital’s existing Core Distribution Rooms, new network hub room components, including network switches and all on-floor cable/outlet systems
  • Significant expansions to the existing Building Automation System, central electrical metering system, fire alarm system, security system, CCTV system, nurse call system and Code White systems.

The new building includes:

  • Mechanical and electrical services in the basement designed to provide for the current construction, as well as a possible future four-storey addition
  • Adult In-Patient Mental Health Unit and PICU Unit on the ground floor, both with access to outdoor courtyards
  • Child & Youth Mental Health Unit
  • Circadian Study Unit on 1st Floor
  • Neuromodulation Treatment Unit, Enhanced Examination, Teaching and Research units on the 2nd Floor

The Sunnybrook M&E services tunnel is a complicated space. Because this is a new building on an existing site and represents a major expansion to the campus, connections to existing buildings with multiple M&E ties are required.

Among the interesting challenges of this project was obtaining the required mechanical and electrical services spaces. The larger they became, the more they impacted the functional programming and the project budget. Compromises were made regarding ceiling heights, and collaboration with facilities management staff helped in obtaining the space required.

As well, the main entrance “glass box” presented some unique mechanical design challenges. Ventilating a two-storey structure with no exposed services required innovative engineering, including ventilating from below.

In designing the building systems for this project, our team devoted special attention to providing a living space that offers an excellent therapeutic environment for the brain-injured patient while, at the same time, ensuring the safety of both patients and staff; in particular, preventing any opportunity for self-harm by patients.

Within HH Angus’ lighting scope, LED linear fixtures set the stage for modern lighting aesthetics used throughout the new, state-of-the-art centre, including corridors, inpatient bedrooms, the main triple height lobby, and the exterior soffits. The efficient LED non-glare, dimmable lighting will be connected to a centralized lighting control system. The provided lighting management software enables facility managers to monitor, maintain and control the entire networked lighting control system, including schedules and energy usage. 

SERVICES
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Plumbing | Lighting Design | Audio-Visual Design | Communications Design | Condition Assessment | Feasibility Study


PROJECT FEATURES
Size: 118,285 ft2 | Status: Ongoing | Adult In-Patient Mental Health Unit | PICU Unit | Child and Youth Mental Health Unit | Circadian Study Unit | Neuromodulation Treatment Unit | Complex M&E services tunnel


LOCATION 
Toronto, Ontario


KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Expansion to existing infrastructure | Major modification to Emergency Power System | New steam service and high voltage electrical services | Significant IT service and distribution system | Expansion to numerous systems, including  BAS, electrical metering, fire alarm, security, CCTV, nurse call and Code White


View of the main entrance “glass box”

Innovative engineering

The main entrance “glass box” presented some interesting mechanical design challenges. Ventilating a two-storey structure with no exposed services required innovative engineering, including ventilating from below.

Experience counts 

HH Angus’ many years of working on the Sunnybrook campus and our familiarity with this particular space aided significantly in designing the connections to the existing services.

Interior of a patient room

The Cooperators Canada

Tenant Fitout

“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.

SERVICES
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | ICAT Design | Audio-Visual Design | Communications Design


PROJECT FEATURES
Status: Completed 2020 | 9 storey complete fitout | Each floor a mix of open office and collaboration spaces | Ancillary services – full commercial kitchen and café


LOCATION 
Regina, Saskatchewan


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


Interior of office space at The Cooperators Canada
Interior photo of The Cooperators Canada

Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

TecNano Academic Building

TecNano is a proposed new academic building that combines a variety of lab spaces containing co-working environments. The intent is to support a highly interactive and collaborative research experience within the biotech lab building.

Tecnológico de Monterrey is a multi-campus private university in Monterrey, Mexico. The university has grown to 36 campuses throughout Mexico, with the Monterrey campus serving as its flagship institution.

HH Angus was engaged to provide ICAT (information, communications and automation technology) design services for a proposed new building, the TecNano Academic Building. The IT design scope included a main data centre with a subsidiary data centre dedicated to Multiomics. The IT design was based on a stacked central riser, with main and redundant facility entrances from the street and from the rear, connecting to the campus backbone.  Wi-Fi would be available throughout the building, with lab benches and overhead carriers providing wired data connections.

The building design required an innovative solution to locating the IT backbone. We designed a riser in the exterior channel up the north side of the building to facilitate the open-air atrium as well as a stacked riser.

The security scope included access control, CCTV, duress alarms, and a central guard station with CCTV monitoring. The facility was designed with medium to high security measures, and featured dual factor credentials for specific lab entrances. There was one clean room with anteroom, and several isolation and pressurized anteroom labs, all requiring interlock and high-speed overhead doors.

Physical security also presented challenges. Intended to be welcoming, safe and secure, the facility was designed to be open to the campus on the North side and to act as a gateway to the campus from the street on the South side. We provided glass high-speed entrance portals for entrance circulation. The solution also had to function well in Monterrey’s extreme environment. Working with the architect, we provided a safe, secure, and high-speed portal that would be protected from the elements by the atrium ceiling high overhead.

The AV systems included a public auditorium with distance learning and lecture capture, video conferencing-enabled faculty boardroom, as well as AV-enabled student meeting, study, and huddle spaces. Digital signage in IP-65 enclosures provided wayfinding at the entrance for the facility and campus

The TecNano Academic Building laboratory types included:

Nanophotonics

Molecular Simulation

Metallomics

Advanced Optical Microscopy

Nanostructure Synthesis

Micro and Nanofabrication

Multiscale Manufacturing

Materials Characterization

Synthetic Biology

High Throughput Bioprocesses

Microrobotics

Tissue Engineering and Bioprinting.

SERVICES
ICAT Consultant - Security, Audiovisual and Communication Design


PROJECT FEATURES
Size: 25,500 m2 | Status: Design Completion 2018


LOCATION 
Monterrey, Mexico


KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Biotech laboratory building, including clean room and nanotechnology labs | International collaboration – Client in Mexico, Architect in United States, ICAT and Vertical Transportation consultants in Canada


Model of TecNano Academy Building

Innovative solutions

An interesting challenge affected the communications design, specifically the outside plant design.  When the local municipality rejected street closures to install a communications duct bank for carrier entrance cabling, we surveyed the site, the facilities, and routing together with TecNanao IT, and designed a campus-internal route to meet the carriers’ entrance to the East. While it is a much longer route, it is also simpler to permit, as it was not located within the municipal right-of-way.

Image credits: FGP Atelier

St. Michael's Hospital

Walter and Maria Schroeder Brain and Heart Centre

“The catheterization lab's capacity is unparalleled and will enable us to make use of state-of-the-art equipment to care for our patients.” 

Kim Boswell, Clinical Leader Manager Cardiac Catheterization Labs and Cardiac Arrhythmia Service, SMH

With the Walter and Maria Schroeder Brain & Heart Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital is creating a hub to bring together the world’s best brain and heart specialists, a group of multi-disciplinary experts in engineering and the clinical neurosciences, to develop new therapies for brain-related disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig disease (ALS) and Parkinson’s. The new centre will enable patients to be diagnosed, tested and treated in a seamless approach in a single location.

The new catheterization lab, where diagnostic imaging procedures take place to diagnose and treat cardiac issues, is now the largest of its kind inside St. Michael’s, expanding by almost a third of its previous size. The new robotic C-arm will set new benchmarks for precision during various diagnostic imaging procedures.

HH Angus was engaged to provide mechanical and engineering services; lighting design; IT, security, audio visual and communications consulting; and commissioning. Our project scope covered the renovation of an existing Cath Lab, along with associated equipment and control rooms, in order to accommodate a larger footprint and new state-of-the-art medical and imaging equipment.

The project design was future proofed with the expanded Cath lab providing increased capacity for cardiac procedures, thanks to a requirement to design the procedure area to be flexible enough for use as an Operating Room in future. It also includes state-of-the-art audio visual capabilities, with live data streams displayed on electronic screens throughout the room. Future capabilities include extensive video and audio feeds from within the room, as well as the ability to videoconference and live-stream procedures to locations both within and outside St. Michael’s. This will facilitate education, research and external consults.

Upgrades included: medical gas system and alarm replacement, including the installation of an articulated service boom; eventual conversion from passive to active scavenging system; ventilation system; and two new neuro interventional bi-plane suites, enabling image-guided and minimally-invasive procedures.

Challenges met by our project team include:

  1. Designing the space to meet a Hybrid OR environment, including supplying 20 air changes per hour above the patient care area with limited ceiling space
  2. Creating flexible ventilation design to allow future connection to a new air handling system, without causing major shutdowns to or rework of the existing space
  3. As a partial solution to #1, installing a combined lighting and air supply product (EH Price Ultrasuite), which had not yet been implemented anywhere in Canada, and ensuring all local code requirements were met.
  4. Coordinating the complex video requirements of multiple specialized medical systems in order to route diagnostic-quality video and audio feeds appropriately.

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Barlo MS Centre
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Photo courtesy of Unity Health

SERVICES
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Lighting Design | Security | Communications | Audio Visual | IMIT | Commissioning


PROJECT FEATURES
Status: Completion 2020 | Future-proofed design with flexibility to permit re-purposing of procedure area


LOCATION 
Toronto, Ontario


KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Cardiac catheterization lab | Hybrid OR environment


Town of Oakville

Fire Hall #8

Integrated Project Delivery is the procurement model for the design and construction of this project, a methodology that, in our experience, provides excellent results for our clients, as well as fostering greater collaboration within the project team. 

Oakville’s new fire station and amenities are designed to serve a growing population. Targeting LEED Silver certification, the new 1.5 storey facility will be almost fully constructed from glue laminated and cross laminated timber (CLT). CLT is a relatively new construction material in North America; CLT panels/walls are fabricated off site, where all M&E openings and penetrations are cut out, and are subsequently assembled on site. This approach requires extremely close coordination between the structural designers and the M&E designers since, unlike drywall, wood openings cannot be adjusted once cut. The modular construction approach will also help meet the aggressive schedule for this project.

Ironically, the new fire station will be clad in charred wood. Shou Sugi Ban charred siding, made from logs reclaimed from Ontario and Quebec waterways, offers many safety and operational advantages: it is ultra-low maintenance, naturally resistant to insects, moisture and rot, has proven fire resistance qualities, and is sun and water repellent. At end of life, the siding can be disposed of safely, without environmental damage.

HH Angus’ mechanical scope includes variable refrigerant flow, energy recovery ventilators, infrared tube heaters, and vehicle exhaust system. Electrical systems include natural gas backup generator, daylight harvesting sensors, provision for solar PV, CCTV and card access, and fire locution (radio system for 911 dispatch). Special provisions were made to allow speakers to be installed strategically throughout the building to support the locution/fire alerting system, with additional provisions for the radio antenna.

The fire hall floor plan consists of three fire truck bays - two drive-through and one back-in bay, gymnasium, dormitory, kitchen, offices, meeting rooms, IT room, and many specialized service spaces. Fire Hall #8 will be a designated “post disaster building” when operational; hence, the M&E systems specified are very robust. 

SERVICES

Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Lighting Design | Communications Design | Security Design


PROJECT FEATURES

Status: Completion 2020 | 11,500 ft2 | Integrated Project Delivery | Mass timber construction | Targeting LEED Silver | Designated 'post disaster' building


LOCATION 
Oakville, Ontario


KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS

Net Zero provisions for future conversion, with high efficiency M&E | Shou Sugi Ban charred wood cladding | Provision for future photo voltaic installation | locution/fire alerting system 


Exterior of the Oakville Fire Station #8

 

 

 

 

Net Zero Conversion

The owner requested highly efficient M&E systems that provide for future Net Zero conversion. The Fire Hall is designed to accommodate a 40kW Solar PV system to offset and displace energy usage.

 

Site Challenges

Although it’s a new facility, the Fire Hall is being built adjacent to an existing EMS Station and shares the road entrance and utilities. This presented a challenge in planning construction, service entrances and operations. Our team had to ensure that, during both construction and when operational, the Fire Hall will not impede EMS' emergency response process.

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Interior of Oakville Fire Station
Interior of the Oakville Fire Station #8
Interior of the Oakville Fire Station #8