The Vertical Expansion, part of the Rockyview Hospital Capital Expansion project, was highly complex and involved major structural work, an elevator and stair extension, and critical infrastructure upgrades.
The project involved constructing a 90,000 ft2 addition above the operational hospital. The nursing units directly below remained active throughout construction. The focal point of the addition was the three circular stairwells that extended above the roof-line of the building. As well, eight existing elevators were required to be extended to the three new floors of the addition. These elevators were critical to the operation of the hospital and were required to be running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In order to maintain operation, only two elevators were taken out of service at any time. The process was repeated until all eight elevators were complete.