Edmonton Lab Hub

A state--of-the-art facility providing benefit to all Albertans.

Diagnostic laboratory services are an integral part of the healthcare system: lab results inform the majority of patient care decisions made every day - including diagnosis, what treatments are needed, and whether a patient should be hospitalized or undergo surgery.

As part of an overall laboratory services strategy, AHS is working with the Government of Alberta to develop a diagnostic laboratory system unlike any other in Canada. A key component of this strategy is building a world-class laboratory in South Edmonton.

The new Edmonton Lab Hub will bring together existing laboratories, staff and laboratory medicine physicians currently dispersed across Edmonton hospitals to process more than 30 million tests every year, under one roof. The new lab will also provide capacity for research and the training of laboratory professionals from across Alberta.

Diagnostic laboratory services are an integral part of the healthcare system: lab results inform the majority of patient care decisions made every day - including diagnosis, what treatments are needed, and whether a patient should be hospitalized or undergo surgery.

As part of an overall laboratory services strategy, AHS is working with the Government of Alberta to develop a diagnostic laboratory system unlike any other in Canada. A key component of this strategy is building a world-class laboratory in South Edmonton.

The new Edmonton Lab Hub will bring together existing laboratories, staff and laboratory medicine physicians currently dispersed across Edmonton hospitals to process more than 30 million tests every year, under one roof. The new lab will also provide capacity for research and the training of laboratory professionals from across Alberta.

Please note: as a number of the questions that were asked specifically about the ‘Lab Hub’ parking were similar, we have combined some of the questions and answers.

Also, some comments specifically involving staff concerns have been provided to the APL Management team for direclt follow up in future communication with staff.


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  • Will the parking lot be adjacent to the existing University lot or is it taking over that space as well?

    Rhonda asked about 1 month ago

    The new Lab Hub Parking Lot will not impact other parking currently provided in this area. The Lab Hub, and its related parking, will be built on Government of Alberta property, which is adjacent to the Alberta School for the Deaf.

  • Will all of the parking stalls have plug-ins for block heaters?

    John asked about 1 month ago

    At this time the only decision that has made regarding parking at the Edmonton Hub Lab is location. The Government partners will now begin the work of determining who will fund, build, and operate the new facility. As parking lot standards are different for each organization involved in this project (AHS, Alberta Health and Alberta Infrastructure), we cannot yet answer questions on the final details of the parking lot – including whether stalls include plugs for car block heaters. 

  • Is there an image of the new Edmonton Lab Hub, from the east? - This question was asked at the October 30, 2018 Open House

    2 months ago

    Thank you for your request – we have asked the project architects to provide an image of the east elevation with the next round of renderings. We expect to have this package early in the New Year, and will make it available here.

    Deb Maerz, on behalf of Edmonton Lab Hub Project Team


  • How will lighting on the building be on the weekend? - This question was asked at the October 30, 2018 Open House

    2 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    As the new Edmonton Lab Hub will be in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it has been designed in consideration of CPTED: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. CPTED design concepts include utilizing lighting as well as landscaping to deter criminal behavior. For example, building entrances will be bright at all times and provide a clear line of sight from both inside and outside. Likewise hedges, trees, bushes and fences will be placed so that they do not create blind spots or hiding places.

    Light pollution and the impact on neighbors has also been considered. Planning for lighting the building were influenced by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building standards, which dictate lowering light pollution levels through intelligent design (down lighting), and utilizing high efficiency light fixtures, such as LED lights that conserve energy.

    Deb Maerz, on behalf of Edmonton Lab Hub Project Team

  • How many staff are expected to be working at the Hub? With the proposed parking allocation of 530 spaces, staff are concerned that they will not be able to find on-site parking and nearby community members are concerned that staff parking will spill over on to their streets.

    Lab Parking asked about 1 month ago

    The estimated peak staffing number used for the parking study was 1000. Proximity to the transit centre and LRT at the University South Campus has allowed us to reduce the number of parking stalls made available for employees. Preliminary design of the parking lot also supports the City of Edmonton’s transit plans.

    This parking lot is for employees of the Edmonton ‘Lab Hub’ first and foremost and will be monitored to ensure all vehicles have the appropriate parking pass to gain access to the surface parking area.

  • How was it determined that 530 parking stalls would be sufficient for the number of employees at the new Hub facility. How will the stalls be distributed between lab staff, research and Doctors etc?

    TS asked about 1 month ago

    The estimated peak staffing number used for the parking study was 1000. Proximity to the transit centre and LRT at the University South Campus has allowed us to reduce the number of parking stalls made available for employees. Preliminary design of the parking lot also supports the City of Edmonton’s transit plans.

    This parking lot is for employees of the Edmonton ‘Lab Hub’ first and foremost and will be monitored to ensure all vehicles have the appropriate parking pass to gain access to the surface parking area.

    At this time the only decision that has made regarding parking at the Edmonton Hub Lab is location. The Government partners will now begin the work of determining who will fund, build, and operate the new facility. As parking lot standards are different for each organization involved in this project (AHS, Alberta Health and Alberta Infrastructure), we cannot yet answer questions on the final details of the parking lot – including whether any stalls will be assigned to staff, or if all stalls will be open.

  • While I understand the parking needs of those who will be working outside of transit operating hours, are there any plans for incentives for staff to use transit, such as ETS @ Work or other programs? Will staff who are able to do so be encouraged to cycle to work? Will there be secure bicycle parking and facilities available for staff to change into work clothes if needed?

    J.A. asked about 1 month ago

    At this time no transit agreements are in place between AHS and the City of Edmonton.

    Yes, secure bicycle parking has been included in the initial planning and design of the Edmonton Lab Hub, and will be included in the final project design.

  • Bicycle parking was not mentioned in the parking update - perhaps this has not come up?... I am currently able to bicycle commute all year to Cross Cancer Institute which has roofed, shelter-enclosed, locked, security video-monitored bicycle parking. Good winter fatbikes and summer roadbikes and mountain bikes cost several thousand dollars (for example my e-Fatbike is over $4,000) and the only reason I can cycle-commute is because sufficient bicycle-parking security is in place. Certainly many CCI physicians cycle-commute, and we are a famous target for bicycle thefts which have been increasing on campus, but especially at CCI. The HUB lab proximity to LRT actually makes risk of bicycle theft much worse. The ideal solution all around for security and even harsh winters, depending upon how many cyclists we anticipate, would be to allow us loading dock or basement bicycle-parking somewhere... I would love to park in the morgue... Has anybody been suggesting good bicycle parking for the HUB lab?

    Dr. Rick Berendt (pathologist) asked about 1 month ago

    Yes, secure bicycle parking has been included in the initial planning and design of the Edmonton Lab Hub, and will be included in the final project design.

  • Will there be ad hoc parking (for staff who occasionally drive) or are all stalls assigned?

    Amanda asked about 1 month ago

    At this time the only decision that has made regarding parking at the Edmonton Hub Lab is location. The Government partners will now begin the work of determining who will fund, build, and operate the new facility. As parking lot standards are different for each organization involved in this project (AHS, Alberta Health and Alberta Infrastructure), we cannot yet answer questions on the final details of the parking lot – including whether any stalls will be assigned to staff, or if all stalls will be open. 

  • How will the parking lot be accessed? Will this increase traffic on 60 ave in the community of Lendrum?

    Allison asked about 1 month ago

    At this time the only decision that has made regarding parking at the Edmonton Hub Lab is location. Design of the parking lot - including access into the lot and a review of traffic patterns - will be done in coordination with the City of Edmonton’s traffic requirements.

  • Will the roads on the entrances and exits from 113st and 119 St be twinned?

    Stacy asked about 1 month ago

    At this time the only decision that has made regarding parking at the Edmonton Hub Lab is location. Design of the parking lot - including access into the lot - will be done in coordination with the City of Edmonton’s traffic requirements.

  • Will the parking lot have energized stalls?

    Stacy asked about 1 month ago

    At this time the only decision that has made regarding parking at the Edmonton Hub Lab is location. The Government partners will now begin the work of determining who will fund, build, and operate the new facility. As parking lot standards are different for each organization involved in this project (AHS, Alberta Health and Alberta Infrastructure), we cannot yet answer questions on the final details of the parking lot – including whether stalls will be energized. 

  • Why is the building oriented East/West? - This question was asked at the October 30, 2018 Open House

    2 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The Edmonton Lab Hub is oriented East/West to maximize sun exposure - winter heating and summer shade cooling effects - and to maximize the use of natural lighting. This follows the completion of a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) analysis of the building site, which aims to create a positive working environment for staff utilizing the new facility, while reducing negative effects on the outside environment.

    Deb Maerz, on behalf of Edmonton Lab Hub Project Team


  • How will noise be mitigated/minimized during construction phase? - This question was asked at the October 30, 2018 Open House

    2 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    During the construction phase, PCL will adhere to the City of Edmonton noise bylaw requirements which can be found here: www.edmonton.ca/city_government/bylaws/noise.aspx.

    All efforts to minimize noise during the construction phase will be made, while ensuring that the safety of workers on the job site is not compromised. In order to minimize the noise during construction managers will specifically:

    • Avoid the use of driven steel piles and use cast in place concrete piles, which generate significantly less noise during installation

    • Use electric equipment where ever possible

    • Strictly follow the City of Edmonton’s requirements regarding the start-up and use of construction equipment during working hours.

    Deb Maerz, on behalf of Edmonton Lab Hub Project Team