Quinn Dressel Associates played a major role in making the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre project feasible, and are pleased to have been associated with the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at the Toronto General Hospital, the MaRS Discovery District Building ‘B’ project in Toronto, Greater Niagara General Hospital in Niagara Falls, Ontario and Markham Stouffville Hospital Expansion in Markham.
Additional Healthcare Projects:
- Peter Munk Cardiac Centre – Toronto General Hospital, Toronto
Each floor of the new structure is directly connected to the existing Norman Urquhart Building, the Eaton Building and Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. The construction included a tunnel link to Princess Margaret Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Kids.
Number of Storeys: 12
Size: 600,000 sq. ft.
- Emergency Department & Ambulatory Care Centre, Great Niagara General Hospital, Niagara Falls, Ontario
A $21-million Emergency Department and Ambulatory Care Centre at the Greater Niagara General Hospital site of the Niagara Health System (NHS). The re-development included an 18,000 square foot Emergency Department to handle 65,000 patient visits a year, self-contained ventilation systems and satellite nursing stations to ensure patient care areas can be contained, if required, for infection control reasons. A 17,000-square foot Ambulatory Care Centre housing pre-admission, ambulatory and medical day stay clinics, as well as a convenient link to diagnostic imaging, endoscopy and other clinic areas was part of the second phase of the building project. The centre also included a day-surgical unit with 25 patient recovery bays and a minor procedure room directly accessible to the hospital's operating suites.
Pharma Medica Research Inc. – New Clinical Facility, Scarborough
The facility incorporates 6 study clinics. Within the secure clinics there are nursing stations, dining area, volunteer library, washroom and bathing facilities and centrifuge / lab facilities. All of the clinics face onto naturally lit planted interior atriums. The facility also boasts a call centre, commercial laundry, diesel generator that provides one week of back-up power for the entire facility, cafeteria and executive offices. The building includes natural light for most spaces including diffusion glass for office and computer areas, two central interior gardens, solar shades, bioswale storm water management, preplanned solar domestic hot water preheat, and an enthalpy wheel for heat recovery. Even the gardens were designed to use native plantings without the need for additional water.
Clinical Services Building – Toronto General Hospital
Each floor of the new structure is directly connected to the existing Norman Urquhart Building, the Eaton Building and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. With a total floor area of 55,784 square metres (600,000 square feet), the construction included a tunnel link to Princess Margaret Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children. The 12 storey complex included over 420,000 ft2 of new surgical suites, a MRI Diagnostic Centre and Intensive Care Units. The facility provides convenient links to the existing facilities through a 14-storey exterior elevator bank added to the Norman Urquhart Wing and a 23m bridge spanning over existing cardiac operating suites to connect to the Eaton Wing.
Quinn Dressel Associates’ imaginative cantilevered bridge approach allowed for the continuing operation of the cardiac operating suites, which would have been disrupted had earlier designs been implemented. Critical considerations, including subway vibrations and DC electromotive power disruptions were some of the concerns which have been successfully dealt within the structural design of the MRI areas of the complex.
Quoting from the article by Christopher Hume in the Toronto Star, “…For surgeons, these are the chief glory of the new Toronto General, rooms where they can apply their skills free from the constraints of conventional facilities. …these new facilities represent an attempt to humanize medicine, to get beyond the modernist concept of a hospital as a machine for making sick people well.”
Designed to facilitate the one-stop approach to health care, the Clinical Services Building reflects the remarkable renewal and breakthroughs taking place throughout the Hospital to improve the delivery of healthcare services. Diagnostic departments are easily accessible from patient care units and from the atrium lobby. In-patients and Out-patients do not have to travel or be moved far to get their tests and treatments. Separate In-patient and Out-patient areas speed up imaging and treatment for Out-patients and protect seriously ill patients from busy pedestrian traffic in the hallways.