March 23, 2017

One of Canada's leading architectural firms has been awarded the contract to design state-of-the-art operating rooms and interventional suites at the Halifax Infirmary, part of the QEII Health Sciences Centre.

Government awarded the contract to Architecture49 today, March 23.

"Nova Scotia is taking the lead in providing specialized operating rooms in eastern Canada," said Leo Glavine, Minister of Health and Wellness. "We are excited to enhance our surgical and interventional services which will benefit patient care."

The Halifax branch of Architecture49 is the health-care specialist for the national firm. It is working in association with Cannon Design, an international firm with extensive experience in current hospital design including projects at Stony Brook University Medical Center and the Gates Vascular Institute, both in New York state.

Architecture49 will do the design for renovations to the third floor of the Halifax Infirmary. This will allow two interventional suites to be moved from the fifth floor. The suites provide many health-care services, including treatment for acute stroke patients. These changes will improve patient care and efficiency for patients undergoing minimally invasive procedures, resulting in shorter recovery periods and hospital stays.

The fifth-floor space will be renovated to include two new operating rooms. One of the rooms, called a hybrid operating room, will have specialized equipment and features that will allow the use of advanced diagnostic imaging equipment. The renovations are expected to be completed in the fall of 2020.

"This is another exciting step toward the future of health care in Nova Scotia," said Janet Knox, Nova Scotia Health Authority president and CEO. "With these additions we are well positioned to provide excellent patient care now and 20 years from now."

The QEII Foundation will be collaborating with the Nova Scotia Health Authority on this project.

"The QEII Foundation exists for a singular purpose - to advance health care at the QEII Health Sciences Centre," said Bill Bean, president and CEO of the QEII Foundation. "By working with our community of donors, the Foundation looks forward to being part of bringing new, state-of-the art technologies to the QEII that will change lives and save lives."