Stantec to provide design and engineering services for Alberta’s first temporary COVID-19 treatment center


By Parul Dubey for Informed Infrastructure magazine

Stantec, along with fellow Alberta-based companies Sprung Structures and CANA Construction, has been selected by Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Government of Alberta to design and construct Alberta’s first temporary COVID-19 treatment center at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary. The facility, donated by Sprung, will house up to 70 patients and add over 8,000 square feet of treatment space. The temporary treatment facility will be turned over to AHS on April 27, 2020 to begin equipment installation and patient intake preparation.  

Stantec is providing design and engineering services for the temporary pandemic response facility. In addition to leading the architecture and interior design support (furniture and equipment sourcing), The firm is responsible for electrical, structural, and mechanical engineering. Working directly with key user groups, including physicians and nurses, Stantec has led health care planning services to ensure the temporary center supports AHS treatment practice while keeping patients and health care providers safe. With offices worldwide, Stantec is an international architecture and engineering firm based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

“We are a proud, Alberta-based company and have long-standing relationships with our partners at the Government of Alberta, and AHS,” says Todd Hartley, senior principal, Stantec. “As part of a private sector team, which included Sprung Structures and CANA construction, who collectively brought this concept to AHS, we came together working at a rapid pace to execute the design, procurement, and construction in an unprecedented manner. We all want to do our part in supporting the COVID-19 response and recovery, and I know our teams feel privileged to support Albertans when they need us the most.”

The temporary COVID-19 treatment center is an example of the entrepreneurial and charitable spirit that defines Alberta. Sprung Structures has generously donated the structure, valued at approximately $235,000. The Calgary Zone has 63% of Alberta’s confirmed COVID-19 cases. The temporary facility at Peter Lougheed Centre will be ready to accept patients in advance of the predicted COVID-19 peak in mid-May.

Stantec’s executive leadership is using the company’s Pandemic Response Plan to actively monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by prioritizing the safety of company employees and clients. The firm’s COVID-19 response also maintains a focus on the continuity of activities essential to the business while minimizing disruption to clients, customers, and services. Practice teams around the globe are actively supporting clients through this global crisis. For more information, visit Responding to COVID-19 on Stantec’s website.