Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre

New Build

project at a glance

  • 12,000+
  • 130+
  • 600KM
  • 25



  • Door Access Control
    Determine who is allowed to enter or exit, where they are allowed to enter or exit, and when they are allowed to enter or exit, with Houle's electronic door access control solution.
  • Video Surveillance
    Houle provides the latest offerings in IP CCTV and Video Management systems from the leading manufacturers.
  • Communication Rooms
  • Intercom Systems
    Houle designs, supplies, and installs hands-free intercom systems that can be your critical link between departments.
  • Intrusion Detection
    Houle supplies and installs motion sensors, glassbreak sensors, door contacts, and beam detectors, so you can protect your most valuable assets.
  • Panic/Duress
    Houle can protect your employees and visitors from assault or other hazards with our wired or wireless emergency duress systems. When an emergency occurs, a simple push of the panic alarm notifies others of the situation.
  • Wander Prevention
    Houle's wander prevention solution alerts your staff immediately if patients or residents try to leave the facility or wander into restricted areas.

Scope of Work

Completed: 2008

Owner: Fraser Health Authority

Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre is the first acute care hospital in British Columbia to be built using the public-private partnership (P3) model. The healthcare facility is 645,000 sq. ft. with 300 beds. The facility provides MRI services, general surgery, nuclear medicine, renal dialysis, specialized obstetrics and nursery care, pediatric services, and other specialized services.

Houle was contracted to provide electrical construction for the hospital. Houle also constructed and integrated the hospital’s security system, data networks infrastructure, and lighting which consisted of 200+ types of fixtures. Houle prewired numerous pieces of medical imaging equipment.

Since the main electrical room was housed on the second level, there was little margin of error for equipment delivery by crane. Much of the electrical design was not completed until after construction was underway. The massive electrical distribution project started with installation of 140km of (in slab) electrical conduit, prior to pouring of much of the concrete infrastructure. There was no on-site storage available for materials, requiring innovative off-site warehousing and just-in-time delivery by the Houle team. Previous hospital construction experience enabled Houle to successfully address the challenges.

Despite an aggressive construction schedule, a substantial increase in commodity prices during construction, and last minute design changes, Houle was a key player in bringing the project in on-time and on-budget.

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