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Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Calgary, Alberta

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

The new Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary will be the region’s premier healthcare facility and academic centre providing cancer care services in southern Alberta. As the first major-design build project for the Alberta Government, the Centre is set to open to the public in 2024 and is expected to improve health outcomes and spur job creation in the Calgary region. Serving as the Bridging Consultant, Arup worked closely with the Alberta Infrastructure to provide a suite of multidisciplinary services throughout the project including supporting the authoring the requirements, design-build procurement, design review, compliance management, site monitoring, contract administration and technical advice.

The new Arthur J.E. Child Comprehensive Cancer Centre is a 127,000m2, CAD$1.4 billion facility designed to provide leading-edge cancer care to Albertans. The Centre achieved substantial completion in November 2022, when ownership was transferred from Alberta Infrastructure to Alberta Health Services. The Centre will support and deliver an interdisciplinary and integrated care philosophy to improve patient outcomes, which accommodates research, education, and patient- and family-centred care. The facility  includes 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. Our team then successfully navigated a design and construction period that took the project through a worldwide pandemic and extensive construction monitoring challenges. In this final phase until opening day, Arup is supporting Alberta Infrastructure in post-construction and occupancy activities including close out, annual energy target assessment, warranty administration and seasonal commissioning.


Project Summary

127,000 clinical and research complex

1,200-pageStatement of Requirements

1.4bnCAD$in construction costs

Arup is continuing to help Alberta Infrastructure deliver the project on time and on budget. Substantial completion was achieved within one week of the target date, following over five years of design and construction, and the contract price remained within 1% of the original figure. ” Mike Durtnall Mike Durtnall Associate Principal

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, the balancing of performance and prescription in the Statement of Requirements and what users and other stakeholders could expect at each design and construction stage.

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