Putting on a clinic: Engineers honoured for excellence

Putting on a clinic: Engineers honoured for excellence

The Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) recently announced the winners of their 2013 Showcase Awards, and for the second year in a row, DIALOG was honored with the Award of Excellence in the Building Engineering category.

Last year, the EEEL Building at the University of Calgary won for its Mechanical Engineering design. DIALOG’s 2013 submission featured Structural Engineering for the Edmonton Clinic, which include both the Kaye Edmonton Clinic and the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy. DIALOG also played a leading role in all other disciplines on the Kaye Edmonton Clinic.


Designed to support an innovative partnership between the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services, the Edmonton Clinic is helping to transform how health sciences students are educated and the way patients are diagnosed and treated. The Health Academy primarily houses health sciences academic offices and classrooms, and the Kaye Edmonton Clinic is designed for the treatment of outpatients while providing educational opportunities for health sciences students.

To support the massive scale of this $900 million project and its ambitious construction schedule, DIALOG’s structural engineers and Yolles, a CH2M Hill Company, joined together as equal partners to tackle the structural engineering challenges.

One project, two solutions

Edmonton Clinic Health Academy – University of Alberta

The Edmonton Clinic Health Academy building is close to 200m in length, spanning over 52,000 sq. m. that includes a six-storey building and an underground level. A key decision that led to the success of the Health Academy opening on time and on budget was the selection of structural steel as the material of choice for the building frame.

As a result of Alberta’s heated construction environment in 2007-2008 and a super-fast-tracked construction schedule, it was clear to the design and construction team that structural steel was most suitable for this project. Steel offered the ability to fabricate the structure wherever it was cost-effective to do so, not necessarily within the confines of the province.

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Now completed, the Health Academy has more than 3,300 tons of structural steel in place. The team’s choice of structural steel allowed this massive, $425 million project to be completed on time and on budget for its 2011 opening.

Kaye Edmonton Clinic – Alberta Health Services

The Kaye Edmonton Clinic (KEC) has a footprint of approximately 7,000 sq. m., comprised of one basement level, seven above-ground floors and a two-storey penthouse, for a total floor area of 60,000 sq. m.

The most prominent architectural feature of the KEC is a curving, eight-storey glazed atrium wall on its east elevation. An open volume of over 10,000 cubic metres behind the atrium wall provides views toward southeast Edmonton and allows for natural light to penetrate deep into the building.

The curved atrium wall is 37m high, has an arc length of 60m, and a radius of 89.4m. To create an open atrium space, the wall spans from the third level (where an exterior canopy acts as a horizontal wall support) to the roof, a height of nearly 30m.

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The splendour of the atrium wall, the elegance of the cable truss system and the grace of the details are an inspiration to the entire design and construction team. Our hope is that this elegance helps bring happiness to the generations of patients, staff, and the public who will use the Edmonton Clinic South.

After over six years of planning, designing, drawing, optimizing, fabricating, and building, the Edmonton Clinic is quickly becoming a focal point in the heart of the University of Alberta Health Sciences campus. Meeting the schedule and the $900 million budget with engineering effectiveness and architectural elegance, the structural systems for The Edmonton Clinic are truly helping to achieve the vision to be “a leading, state-of-the-art enabler of integrated, patient-centered clinical care, education and research.”

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