This well-established fertility clinic, based out of Abbotsford, British Columbia, was preparing to move into the Edmonton market and was in need of a facility to meets its very specific clinical standards. Arrow, in partnership with Architecture Tkalcic Bengert and PCL, worked together to renovate an entire floor of an existing downtown office building.
Due to the nature of the clinic, very detailed plans were provided by a lab consultant to ensure the safety and success of the practice. In addition to general structural, electrical, and mechanical engineering duties, the Arrow team paid special attention to the laboratory and procedural rooms. This included careful consideration of the wavelengths of lighting in laboratories, with specific ranges being harmful to the production and storage of sperm and embryos.
High-sensitivity alarms were also installed to detect oxygen depletion and low levels of nitrogen in the cryogenics freezers. Maintaining the integrity of the lab and surgical areas were of the utmost importance, so additional backup generators were added to ensure all vaccine fridges and procedural spaces were always in operation.
In addition to the specific electrical needs, the mechanical team ensured that the lab and surgical rooms were designed to maintain specific pressurization to eliminate risks of contamination.
Arrow’s meticulous attention to detail, and willingness to learn resulted in a highly functional facility that met the highest industry and clinical standards.
“It was rewarding to be involved in a project like this. Not only did it mean that people might potentially be able to have a baby who weren’t able to get into a clinic before, but we were able to learn so much that went above and beyond our regular scope.”
– Kevin Mattai, SR. Project Manager, Electrical