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Calgary Cancer Centre, Calgary, Alberta

This world-class healthcare facility is the first design-build project for the Alberta Government

The new Calgary Cancer Centre at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary will be a premier healthcare facility and academic centre providing cancer care services in Southern Alberta. The first major design-build project for the Alberta Government, construction was planned to commence in late 2017 with the new facility completed and operational in 2023.

The new Calgary Cancer Centre will be a 127,000m2, CAD$1.4bn facility designed to provide leading-edge cancer care to Albertans. It will support and deliver an interdisciplinary and integrated care philosophy to improve patient outcomes, which accommodates research, education, and patient- and family-centered care. The facility will include a 1,650-stall underground parkade, roadways, and connections into the existing medical and university research structures.  

In the first phases of the project, Arup provided technical, specification writing, and design build advisory services to the Government of Alberta. Our team authored a Statement of Requirements document totalling some 1,200 pages, contributed to the development and implementation of an innovative strategy for design build including a series of collaborative meetings with the RFP proponents, provided responses to RFIs, and drafted addenda. In the current phase, we are providing consultancy, compliance analysis, support to the design review process, and contract administration services through design, construction, and post-construction.

Project Summary


127,000 clinical and research complex

1,200-pageStatement of Requirements

1.4bnCAD$in construction costs

We are also providing full, multidisciplinary bridging consultancy services for the project. Our key services include project management, structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, and geotechnical engineering, as well as information management, transportation, energy, LEED, acoustics, and vertical transportation, and construction scheduling consultancy services.

Through our sub-consultants we are providing architectural, building sciences and site monitoring consultancy services, healthcare planning, design-build procurement advice, payment certification, furniture and equipment consultancy, value management, and document control.




Alberta Infrastructure had little previous experience in the design-build delivery method. With our extensive global experience in design build, Arup was able to provide valuable guidance on best practice, how design build differs from other delivery methods, and the balancing of performance and prescription in the Statement of Requirements. 

The project site is currently occupied by a parking lot adjacent to health and university buildings, and the new facility is set to be integrated into the complex via a pedestrian bridge that meets the clinical requirements of a hospital — the Connector. The achievement of stakeholder consensus for the route and the contact points with existing buildings was a significant project challenge. 

During pre-procurement, a potential scope change involving the addition of a proton beam therapy unit required urgent consideration. Through the rapid mobilisation of engineering specialists within Arup, a study on technical implications of this change was conducted that allowed the client to make an informed decision, without disruption to the overall schedule.

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