Expansion of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute – The Life Support Capital Project

Since opening its doors almost 40 years ago, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute at the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus has been world-renowned for clinical excellence and top quality cardiac patient care. Now, to better support cardiac patients in Ontario the UOHI is undergoing a massive expansion and renovation. Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd (CJE) is proud to be teamed with HDR Incorporated, the Heart Institute, the Ottawa Hospital, Infrastructure Ontario, and the builder, PCL Constructors Canada, in bringing this much needed project to life.

The new 150,000 square foot 6-storey building will house new OR’s, treatment rooms, diagnostic equipment, as well as, an intensive care unit which will dramatically increase the number of patients that can be treated in the facility. In addition to the expansion, renovations to more than 60,000 square feet of existing space is being performed, as well as, the construction of a new glass entrance welcoming patients and their families to this state-of-the-art building.

Located in a confined area between 5 existing buildings, CJE’s group of dedicated Engineers worked closely with the Design Team and End Users to develop this new cast-in-place concrete/steel structure in a way that would work with phasing requirements that maintained hospital operations during construction, met client requirements for durability/fit-up flexibility/vibration control, as well as, achieving the HDR’s architectural vision for the building. The building has also been designed to allow for an additional 3 floors to be added in the future utilizing staged construction to further increase the capacity of the UOHI.

The project is expected to be completed in 2018 and when done will allow the UOHI to be better equipped to address the needs of the more than 94,000 cardiac patients that receive care and support from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute each year.

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