A key complexity of this scheme was the construction of the new tower next to, and to some extent inside, a fully functioning hospital. This required us to work with the project team to fast-track the building process and keep disruption to an absolute minimum.
The client wanted to create a resource efficient building that minimized running costs. Our response was to incorporate a range of sustainable design initiatives throughout the building and the construction process. For example, we utilized durable natural materials, including wood and masonry. We selected materials that emit low amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and designed state-of-the-art, energy efficient technologies.
These initiatives saw the critical care tower achieve a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification that recognizes best-in-class building practices. Furthermore, the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC) presented us with an Award of Merit in Buildings for our contribution in creating Surrey’s new, cutting-edge facility.