Diamond Schmitt Architects
William Osler Health System
54,906 m² (591,000 ft²)
Structural Engineering Consultant and
Building Envelope Consultant
Targeting LEED® Silver
The new Peel Memorial Centre is a state-of-the-art health care facility providing specialized outpatient-based care including urgent care, day surgery and specialty clinics as part of a wide variety of integrated traditional and alternative health care services. The project is delivered through a design-build-finance-maintain (DBFM) model.
The Peel Memorial Centre’s first phase contains urgent and emergent care departments where patients with non-life threatening illnesses or injuries can be treated. Day surgery, dialysis, diagnostic services, mental health and addiction services, seniors’ wellness and family health services will also be available. The second phase includes in-patient care, the addition of patient beds and an education centre.
An important goal of the project is a focus on sustainable design and construction, with a target of achieving LEED® Silver certification. Of course, the rich program and sustainable features are enveloped in a welcoming and pleasing design punctuated by a principal façade of light coloured brick and a spectacular multi-layered, multi-coloured glass entry.
Challenge: The project is a design–build delivery. Timing is key factor that requires the structural design to meet the construction schedule.
Solution: We reduced the project delivery schedule by overlapping the design phase and construction phase. In addition we based the structural design on the early architectural information to finish the structural elements and considered the loading condition for mechanical room equipment leveraging our past experiences with similar programs. We developed feasible design plans and organized the most experienced engineers to do the analysis from roof-to-base as well as the detailed design from base-to-roof.