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Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre


Hamilton Health Sciences

Project Cost

$ 70M


The Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre (RJCHC) is a state-of-the-art healthcare facility located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, that provides comprehensive care to children and young adults up to the age of 29 with physical, developmental, and communicative disorders. The center is part of the McMaster Children's Hospital, which is part of the Hamilton Health Sciences network.

The RJCHC offers a wide range of services, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. The center's interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals includes physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language pathologists, social workers, psychologists, and other specialized professionals, who work together to provide customized care to meet the unique needs of each patient.

The existing soil conditions were a challenge in the design of the structural system for this building.  The foundation system is comprised of driven steel piles supporting concrete caps and grade beams.  The surface layers the soil on the site contained organic fill materials.  Instead of removing and disposing of this soil, the site underwent soil improvements through dynamic compaction so that the slab on grade was placed on the densified fill.  The same slab was built upon a continuous void system to allow for the venting of methane gas from the deteriorating organics remaining in the improved fill.

* This structural design was led by Brian van Bussel while with a previous employer.

Stantec Architecture




325 Wellington St N, Hamilton, ON, Canada

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