Alberta Health Services Renal Dialysis Bus

Project Details


Client: Alberta Health Services
Contractor: Precision Coach Inc.
Completion Date: 2007
Gross Floor Area: 425sq.ft.
Dialysis Units: 6

The Renal Dialysis Bus was a project created by Alberta Health Services to create a model of delivery of services for dialysis patients to remote locations in the province of Alberta. There is a need for providing dialysis programs for these rural areas where space was not available at the local hospitals.

The bus is designed for servicing up to six dialysis stations at one time with up to two 4 hour sessions a day. Hook-ups to each of the hospitals are designed for all season service. Patient access and comfort are key issues that were incorporated into the design. A wheel chair lift for barrier free access, a fold down weigh scale, fully reclining chairs complete with radiant heaters, televisions and pillow speakers for each individual patients needs were incorporated.

This bus currently operates 6 days a week in Western Alberta, alternating between Hinton and White Court. The cost of the bus shell and construction fit up amounted to $1 million and the umbilical connections at the hospitals cost $1.1 million. The equipment fit up for the 6 dialysis stations on the bus was an additional $1.0 million dollars. This projects driving factors that needed to be dealt with were; tight spacial constraints, flexibility, working in all weather conditions and patient comfort. All necessities to ensure that this project would be successful.


Completion Date: 2010
Project Type: New Construction
Dialysis Units: 6
Gross Floor Area: 425sq.ft.

As more of the population will be in need of dialysis in the future, Alberta Health Services commissioned ACI to design a second Renal Bus for to serve the communities of Lac La Biche Region and Fort Saskatchewan and establish a standard for other provinces to follow.

This second bus was completed in June 2010. The original prototype generated options for improvements for subsequent bus units that were incorporated in the second bus. The washroom was removed to allow for more space between each renal station. The exterior tie in connections at the pedestal were modified to minimize handling time of connections during the poor weather conditions. The heating and lighting system were identical to the first bus as the comfort for the patients are key factors in quality of design. The final cost with connections and equipment fit-up will be approximately $2.0 million dollars.