Walter C. Mackenzie: Gamma Knife
Owner / Consultant
Alberta Health Services/DIALOG Architects
The Gamma Knife and Clinical 3.0T MRI Installation project involved major architectural, mechanical and electrical enhancements, pre-construction services, decanting and construction phasing to delivery two main project phases. The first phase consisted of architectural, electrical and mechanical enhancements to construct a 3T MRI procedure room and equipment supporting spaces, as well as patient and staff support areas. The second phase of construction involved a building addition with extensive structural components to build a high density concrete vault on 97 micropiles in order to contain the new Gamma Knife equipment, weighing in at 38,000 kg.
Throughout both phases of construction, MRI shielding and safety, as well as radiation safety and security, were main components in establishing the infrastructure that will allow for a Radiosurgery Program at the University of Alberta Hospital – the first of its kind in Western Canada.