Health Sciences Centre
Neurosurgery Gamma Knife Unit

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Client:GBR Architects Limited


Project value:$900,000

In 2003, Gamma Knife Surgery was established a subspecialty program of Neurological Surgery in Winnipeg; the home of Canada's first and only gamma knife and GK program.

The Gamma Knife delivers a single high dose of ionizing radiation emanating from 201 cobalr-60 sources. The highly focused beams of gamma rays are guided with surgical precision, without a scalpel and without the usual risk of open neurosurgery.

SMS Engineering supplied both electrical and mechanical engineering services in order to provide this revolutionary technology to Canada. To facilitate the delivery, a concrete bunker for radiation protection, a precision air conditioning system and medical gas and plumbing services were required. A pre-action type fire protection system along with separate electrical service to the more than 2,000 square-foot, single-storey addition were also designed.