Emergency Department Expansion &
Related Infrastructure Upgrades Project
Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre
Sunnybrook & Womens College
Health Sciences Centre
Project Completion Date
Type of Contract
Sunnybrook is home to Canada’s first and largest Trauma Centre and its Emergency Department cares for some of the most acutely-ill and critically injured patients in Ontario. The department has twice the rate of patient admissions compared to any other ED in the Greater Toronto Area.
Designed by patients and staff members, the new Emergency Department has incorporated the latest infectious disease guidelines and has the ability to isolate rooms as well as entire patient care areas. Families of trauma victims have a private area to await news of their loved ones and paramedics have their own station for completing patient charts.
The greatly needed expansion has doubled the size of the existing department, added additional medical imaging equipment and increased stretcher bays from 30 to 48. These facilities has improved patient-flow at Sunnybrook and reduced ambulance off-loading delays.
The challenging aspect of this project was the complex scheduling, phasing and maintaining the full operation services in the ED or Trauma Unit. Ensuring there was no disruption to service in the ED or Trauma required coordinating closely with Sunnybrook Hospital to minimize disruption to patient care during construction.
Additional challenges included the various tie-in areas of the hospital, including the mechanical plant, while it was in use. Despite the complex scheduling and multiple phasing, Bondfield was able to completed the entire project a few months ahead of schedule.
Bondfield has met these challenges through communication with the client as well as close coordination with subcontractors and vendors. Bondfield was active in a joint campus construction committee convened by Sunnybrook Health Authority that met bi-weekly. The committee put together a look-ahead schedule that covers upcoming construction activities. This ensured appropriate integration between all of the contractors working on the site as well as communicating about all construction-related activities to the hospital staff.