The Northern Lights Regional Health Centre building envelope has served the community for 35 years and recently started to show signs of failure. RPK Architects was commissioned by Alberta Infrastructure to be the prime consultant for the replacement of the hospital’s building envelope, including walls, windows, roofs, doors, and entrances.

A PERSIST (Pressure Equalized Rain Screen Isolated Technique) was developed to meet Alberta Infrastructure standards, providing a long service life with minimal maintenance.

To minimize stress on occupants, reduce overall costs, and speed up the delivery of the project, a system was developed that allowed the building envelope to be applied from the exterior of the building, reusing interior walls as natural segment breaks. This methodology minimizes disruptions to the hospital’s operations as occupants will only need to vacate their space for a few days, rather than months. This innovation also allows for a reduction to the project construction schedule from a projected 57 months, specified in the RFP, down to 46 months (estimated).