Our design also needed to withstand snowy and windy conditions. As well as responding to local guidelines, we undertook a study to examine the loads that snowfall might place on the structure. Since these values turned out to be lower than had been assumed, this allowed us to make savings in materials and cost.
Vibration analysis was conducted on areas with sensitive equipment such as MRI and CT scanners, and these were reinforced with additional mass and thicker floors. The cancer care bunker needed specialist shielding to protect the wider site from radiation. We collaborated with a physicist to develop a bespoke system of large, thick steel plates embedded in the concrete wall.
We were also able to call on the knowledge of our materials expert in Vancouver to help the contractor resolve problems with the concrete – an example of our teams working together for the benefit of our clients.