As Bridging Consultant, Arup Brings Global Expertise to the New Calgary Cancer Centre

New treatment and research facilities enhanced by firm's global expertise in design-build projects in the healthcare sector

TORONTO, June 28, 2017 /CNW/ -- Arup, an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants, and technical specialists, is providing full Bridging Consultant services to the Government of Alberta for the new Calgary Cancer Project. In June 2017, the Government of Alberta announced the Design-Builder, marking a major milestone on the project.

Arup is acting as the owner's prime representative, leading a multidisciplinary team that developed the requirement document and will continue to provide technical and contract administration services as the project moves into design and construction. Located on the Foothill Medical Centre Site in the city, the Calgary Cancer Project will deliver leading, comprehensive cancer care that integrates patient- and family-centered care, education, prevention, screening, and cancer research.

The cancer centre will be the largest design-build healthcare project delivered in Canada to date. The Arup team brings in-depth knowledge of design-build procurement and delivery from a range of jurisdictions across Canada and around the world.

The new cancer centre will include a new outpatient facility, an inpatient unit, advanced diagnostics, and treatment incorporating radiation therapy, as well as extensive research and learning facilities.

"I'm so proud to see this badly needed new Cancer Centre take its next step. The choice of the successful design and builder means shovels will be in the ground later this year. Congratulations to everyone involved," said Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta at a news conference on June 15, 2017.

"Arup has a proven track record for successfully delivering integrated, cost-effective, and complex healthcare projects around the world," said Bill Scrantom, healthcare leader for Arup Americas. "This project is a fantastic opportunity to bring this expertise to Alberta; it has been the catalyst to further grow our operations in the Province."

As the prime consultant for the Bridging Consultant team, Arup has supported Alberta Infrastructure from pre-procurement, providing expertise on all aspects of engineering, master planning, architecture, traffic and transport, IT, medical planning, medical equipment, furniture planning, and technical specialties.

"This is a challenging and exciting project for Arup and we are 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.

Several firms have joined the Arup team on the project. All master planning and bridging architecture services are provided by Calgary-based Marshall Tittemore Architects (MTa), with specialist healthcare architecture support from HKS. Design-build, contract administration inputs, and equipment planning is provided by Colliers Project Leaders. 

Arup's healthcare projects are global in scope, and include Kaiser Permanente San Diego Central Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center Campus Transformation, numerous projects for Cedars-Sinai, University of California San Francisco Mission Bay campus hospital, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, Francis Crick Institute in the UK, and the National Paediatric Hospital in Dublin. Additionally, the firm has provided bridging consultancy services for the Royal Jubilee Hospital Patient Care Centre in British Columbia, UCLH Macmillan Cancer Centre and Pembury PFI Hospital in the UK, and the New Royal Adelaide PPP Hospital in Australia.

About Arup  
The preeminent provider of engineering, consulting, and design services in the built environment, Arup aims to do the best quality work across diverse specialties to deliver value to its clients and achieve a positive impact on our world. The firm opened its first North American office over 30 years ago and its first Canadian office in 1999, and now employs 1,300 people in the Americas. Since its founding in 1946, members of Arup have developed transformative ways of working with its clients. The firm's unique version of employee-ownership promotes long-term thinking and significant investment in research and innovation for the benefit of its clients. For additional information, visit Arup's website at and the online magazine of Arup in the Americas at

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