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Hospital tower rebuilt in Lego

Members of the Abbotsford Lego User Group work on a replica of Surrey Memorial Hospital’s Critical Care Tower built from Lego blocks. - submitted photo
Members of the Abbotsford Lego User Group work on a replica of Surrey Memorial Hospital’s Critical Care Tower built from Lego blocks.
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A group of builders from the Fraser Valley recently joined forces to demonstrate that it’s possible to construct a new hospital from the ground up in about 90 hours.

How? You need skill, patience, creativity and about 7,000 pieces of Lego. The result is a two-foot tall replica of Surrey Memorial Hospital’s new Critical Care Tower. The structure even has its own ambulance, helicopter and medical staff — all made of Lego.

The replica was commissioned by Jane Adams, president & CEO of Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation, as a unique auction item for an upcoming charity golf tournament organized by EllisDon, the company that orchestrated the construction of the real Critical Care Tower.

The idea of creating a Lego tower came to Adams after she learned that the Child Life specialists at Surrey Memorial use these simple building blocks to help young patients and siblings in the Children’s Health Centre and the pediatric emergency department cope with their time in the hospital.

Earlier this summer, Lego enthusiast and Langley resident Lee Wager rallied members of the Abbotsford Lego User Group (AbbyLUG) to volunteer their time and take on the challenge.

EllisDon supplied Wager with photos and drawings, and he also paid a visit to the hospital for a closer look. He notes that one of the biggest challenges of using Lego to build architectural pieces is working with Lego’s geometric shapes and figuring out how to accommodate unique features, such as curved walls.

For the hospital tower, Wager and the group had to replicate the one-of-a-kind windows above the lobby and source out enough blue bricks needed to build the distinctive coloured walls of the main building. It’s all part of the Lego building challenge, he says.

“It’s fun to try to create or innovate with Lego, because it has its limitations.”

The Lego enthusiasts’ creation was on the auction block at the golf tournament on July 22. The golfers and guests included many of the contractors, trades and suppliers involved in building the province’s newest and most technologically advanced health care facility.

For more information about Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation, visit www.smhfoundation.com.

To find out more about the Abbotsford Lego User Group go to www.abbylug.com.

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