Empire Iron Works Ltd. detailed, supplied, fabricated and erected the steel for the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.
This post disaster, all steel moment frame structure consists of a clinical and an academic building. The interstitial steel trusses that form the ceiling space provide the space for all mechanical and electrical systems. These systems can easily be altered in the future without disruption to the rest of the structure. The clinical part of the structure sits on top of the existing emergency center originally designed for an addition and attaches to the existing health sciences center. This clinical structure was simply welded to the base of the existing building. The nine-story academic building features curved glass curtain wall façade attached to curved edge members. The entire structure is topped with a massive helipad that will allow emergency cases to be routed to the emergency and operating rooms via a massive 'megavator' in seconds. The building is the first LEED certified hospital in Canada attesting to the contribution made by recycled steel.
Construction over an operating emergency department created site constraints and time spent coordinating to ensure the proper material arrived on site for two erection crews and two tower cranes.
This project was a CISC Alberta Region Award Finalist in 2009.