Emergency Department Redevelopment, Health Sciences Centre

Size: 5,677 BGSM (61,107 BGSF)
Location: St. John’s, NL
Client: Eastern Health
Architecture / Lead: Gibbons Snow Architects Inc.
Engineering: Tract Consulting (C), Dillon Consulting (S), Core Engineering (M+E)
Emergency Dept. Planning: Huddy Healthcare Solutions
Completion: Targeting August 2026

The Health Sciences Centre (HSC) Emergency Department is a 1,626 SM (17,500 SF) department located near the main entrance of HSC and in proximity with other tertiary support departments such as CCU, ICU, day surgery, cardiology, and the operating suites. The ED is currently undersized and is to be redeveloped through a 5,677 GSM (61,107 GSF) renovation and building expansion with a total of 54 new private patient care rooms and additional results pending areas. The scope of redevelopment will include provisions for a new and modern emergency department organized around a central “Patient Access / Pivot” area that allows distribution of walk-in patients to the appropriate care zones including Care Initiation / Rapid Care, Psychiatric Assessment, High Acuity / Trauma, and Universal Care. Adjacency and flow between zones with the introduction of a Main Street Corridor creates an operating environment that promotes the efficient and effective delivery of emergency care services, helping to ensure positive patient outcomes. The separation of care zones connected only by this common corridor also promotes improved infection control within the ED with the ability to isolate zones in the case of epidemic events. The redevelopment also includes a new enclosed ambulance garage providing a protected, secure and unobstructed access for ambulance patient transfers.

New low carbon strategies include a high efficiency building envelope, a new heat recovery system serving the new and existing buildings, geothermal wells for heating and cooling and humidification converted to all electric.

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