TORONTO, March 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Arup, an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs, announced today that it is providing full multi-disciplinary technical advisory services to the Government of Alberta for the new Calgary Cancer Centre located on the Foothills Medical Centre site. The new cancer centre will provide people living in Calgary and southern Alberta with better access to leading edge cancer care.
As the prime consultant for the technical advisory team, Arup will provide expertise on all disciplines of engineering, master planning, architecture, traffic and transport, IT, medical equipment, and technical specialties. The project will include a new outpatient facility, an inpatient facility, research space, a bone marrow transplant unit and advanced diagnostics and treatment incorporating radiation therapy. Construction of the 80 - 90,000m2 facility is anticipated to commence early in 2016.
"This will be a challenging and exciting project for us and we are looking forward to successfully collaborating with all parties involved to develop a new comprehensive cancer care centre that will bring long lasting benefits to patients, their families and the wider community," said Katie Wood, Arup project director.
Both traditional build and Public-Private-Partnership (P3) options are being reviewed for the procurement of the new cancer centre. Whichever option is chosen will be done with the best value for taxpayer dollars in mind.
Arup's technical advisory team is comprised of local staff from Calgary, healthcare experts from across the Americas including Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and specialist team members from the United Kingdom. Sub-consultants providing architecture and master planning for the project are major healthcare architect HKS and local Calgary-based Marshall Tittemore Architects (MTA).
"Arup has a track record for successfully delivering integrated, cost-effective, and complex healthcare projects across the world," said Bill Scrantom, healthcare leader for Arup Americas. "This project is a fantastic opportunity to bring this expertise to Alberta, and we plan to further grow our operations there."
Arup's active global healthcare work includes Kaiser Permanente San Diego Central Hospital, University of California San Francisco Mission Bay campus hospital, Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, as well as advisory services for Royal Jubilee Hospital, Patient Care Centre in British Columbia, New Royal Adelaide PPP Hospital in Australia and the Pembury PFI Hospital in the UK.
Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world's most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. Its engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world. Arup opened its first North American office 25 years ago, and its first Canadian office in 1999, and now employs 1,000 in the Americas. The firm was founded in 1946 with an enduring set of values that fosters a distinctive culture, intellectual independence and collaborative approach. The people at Arup are driven to find a better way to deliver better solutions for their clients. (www.arup.com)
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