Lower Mainland Facilities Management 

Lions Gate Hospital Power Plant

The new underground power plant at Lions Gate Hospital is a key piece of infrastructure to enable construction of a new acute care facility in North Vancouver. 

The existing steam-only power plant at Lions Gate Hospital did not meet seismic requirements and was quite dated. HH Angus replaced the existing plant with a new buried installation that includes boilers, medical gas, plumbing and electrical equipment, as well as the routing of services through an existing tunnel system. 

The new design for the underground plant is a hybrid of hot water and steam boilers; this design will help to reduce both energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. It’s an innovative design that recovers heat from the power plant via a heat pump system and rejects heat back into the reheat systems. An architectural feature boiler stack was included in the design.

The RFP originally required relocation of the bulk O2 system; however, following a number of design iterations, the result was the provision of an Oxygen Concentrator system instead.

Implementation of the Fraser Health Authority’s BIM standards was also required for the project. This is the first time these standards were applied at HH Angus, and the work helped to develop a baseline for future Fraser Health projects.

Among the challenges of the project:

– With limited knowledge of the existing site, it was necessary to obtain all background information within a short timeframe through access to existing drawings (dating back to 1960s) and performing multiple site reviews.

– To provide the best solution, HH Angus explored multiple options, above and beyond the requirements of the original RFP and, although the timeline for completion of design and implemention of new BIM standards was aggressive, all deliverables were met on time.

SERVICES
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | IMIT Consulting | Lighting Design


PROJECT FEATURES
Status: Completed 2020


LOCATION 
North Vancouver, British Columbia


KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Power Plant to facilitate construction of new acute care facility | Architectural feature stack | 3D Matterport modeling | Oxygen concentrator system | Implementation of Fraser Health BIM Standards


3D matterport scan of the mechanical room

3D Reality Capture 

Our 3D Matterport scanner proved to be invaluable for site reviews, allowing the design team in Toronto to reference the minutely-detailed 3D scan produced by our in-house team and equipment.

Interior shot of the mechanical room
Exterior shot of the Lions Gate Hospital  at dusk

Ontario Gaming GTA Limited Partnership 

Great Blue Heron Casino

The Great Blue Heron Casino is located on Scugog Island, northeast of Toronto. HH Angus' scope for this project included electrical engineering, security and telecommunications consulting, and lighting design.

The first phase of the project featured a 20,000 ft2 expansion of the building to house gaming machines and tables, VIP rooms, bar and lounge, washrooms, offices, kitchen and service spaces.

HH Angus designed a new feeder, connected to the existing primary service, and full distribution throughout the expanded building and new outdoor generator. Telecommunications distribution required the addition of a new room to service gaming, corporate and security functions. The existing main telecom distribution room was expanded to support new networking and server equipment. In addition to horizontal distribution, new fiber and copper backbones, and incoming fiber service from Bell, was required to service the expansion. Upgraded and expanded surveillance and access control systems service the new gaming area.

The second phase saw renovation of the existing gaming floor and bar, buffet service and seating areas. The gaming area was completely reorganized for electronic games and a new Play Smart area. The front entrance also received a face-lift and new lighting. Phase 2 leveraged the earlier expansion of the main distribution room and upgrade for telecom distribution, and expanded on the security systems upgrade. As well, it included for a new 4 storey, 116 room hotel and connecting walkway, which required a second high voltage transformer in the existing substation to support the hotel operations.

Four telecommunication rooms were added, along with fiber and copper backbone connectivity. Additional surveillance and access control were included in the hotel scope. Phase 3 is still ahead.

Among the challenges of this project was an accelerated schedule for both design and construction. One solution was to develop strategies to save time on the design side and push the coordination into the construction phase.

SERVICES
Electrical Engineering | Telecommunications and Security Consulting | Lighting Design


PROJECT FEATURES
Size: 20,000 ft2 | Status:  Phases 1 & 2 - Completed 2020 | Phase 3 tbd


LOCATION 
Scugog Island, Ontario


KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS

Accelerated schedule | New 4 storey hotel and connecting walkway | Expansion of and upgrades to existing facilities, including significant expansion of telecommunications infrastructure and spaces


Exterior shot of the covered walkway

Meeting Challenges

A significant challenge of this project was completing all the renovations and expansions while the facility was fully operational.

Casino from Main Site Entry
Casino Southwest Corner

Renderings courtesy of Chris Dikeakos Architects.

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care 

Chigamik Community Health Hub

Waypoint Chigamik Mental Health Centre is part of a redevelopment project and replaces two older facilities in use since the 1800s. 

The challenges of this project included the requirement that the entire building be completely designed in one stage, rather than proceeding with design packages, plus delays in funding during the design process which resulted in a requirement for both a base building package and a fitout package.

To accomplish this, HH Angus coordinated two tender packages and two building permit submissions. Some detailed specifications in each package were interchangeable for the mechanical and electrical tender process. Working with phased schedules ensured that equipment start-up was fully coordinated between the tender packages.

The project faced additional challenges to provide an energy-efficient HVAC system, due to compliance with CSA Z317.2 and budget restrictions, as well as a small mechanical service space. To overcome these challenges, extensive coordination was implemented throughout the project across all disciplines.

SERVICES
Mechanical Engineering | Electrical Engineering | Lighting Design | ICAT Commissioning


PROJECT FEATURES
Size: 40,000 ft2 | DBFM | Fully ducted HVAC system designed to comply with CSA Z317.2 | Status: Completed 2020


LOCATION 
Midland, Ontario


KEY SCOPE ELEMENTS
Building has full back up power with generator sized to accommodate the entire load of the building on loss of utility power conditions


Exterior of Waypoint Chigamik Community Health Hub

Efficient design

Several engineering designs were reviewed by the project team to ensure compliance with the owner’s goals and restrictions, while achieving an efficient design.

Customized spaces

The two-storey 40,000 ft2 mental health care facility has amenities for indigenous smudging ceremonies, physiotherapy, conferences, a community kitchen, gathering rooms, and a youth programming space.

Exterior of Waypoint Chigamik Community Health Hub

Renderings courtesy of Lett Architects Inc.

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

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.

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


PROJECT FEATURES
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


LOCATION 
Toronto, Ontario


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

 

Remotely located controls

This approach provides increased staff security and convenience, and minimizes disturbance to patients.

Optimal visibility

A new security and communications design allows safe observation of patient activities from a secure staff area.

 

Observation of patient activities from a secure staff area