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Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation General Hospital Heliport Relocation



Project Outline: 

Moving an existing on-grade Heliport to the roof of the eight-storey Hamilton General Hospital significantly reduced critical wait times by allowing patients to be taken from an air ambulance directly down a dedicated elevator to the emergency or surgical floors.

Locating the new state-of-the-art Helicopter Landing Pad required coordination with Nav Canada and Emergency services.  Relocation of the cooling towers ensures plumes do not obscure a pilot’s view.

The project extends the main building columns above the penthouse roof in order to support the pre-fabricated 60 SF heliport with an 80 foot octagonal aluminum deck platform and seven-foot wide perimeter safety net. The service elevator was extended up one additional floor and a new receiving lobby between the helideck and the elevator was built.  The Heliport sports a lighting system that can be activated by pilots, fire protection, snowmelt systems, and a high-tech buffer pad to cut noise and prevents vibrations throughout the hospital’s steel structure when a helicopter lands.

Address: Hamilton, ON

Client: Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation

Architect: Parkin Architects

Value: $3.5 M