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Royal University Hospital MRI Expansion

The existing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Unit at the Royal University Hospital was slated for decommissioning due to a planned expansion of the University of Saskatchewan’s Academic Health Sciences project.  The Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) utilized this opportunity to replace the magnet with a newer unit and to find a more convenient location for the department.  

The design team, led by SEPW Architecture Inc. and HFKS Architects Inc. (Edmonton), assisted the SHR in confirming that the site, after reviewing other alternatives, was indeed the best location for the planned expansion.  

Considerations for site selection and the design of the addition included but were not limited to:  selecting a site to limit the impact on the surrounding natural environment, selecting a site near medical imaging and emergency, selecting a site away from future construction, selecting a site that permits access to replace the magnet, creating a floor of unassigned space, reducing the height of the addition, breaking down the mass, addressing the existing built context, removing emergency parking, and creating an energy efficient building.

The expansion filled in an underutilized U-shaped area between building wings.  The expansion created three floors of new space – one for the new MRI unit which was fit-up as part of this project, one as decant space for future use, and one for basement-level mechanical and storage.
 

Royal University Hospital MRI Expansion
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Client: University of Saskatchewan

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