A shout out to our neighbours, AbbyLUG, for their fabulous contribution to the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation auction. They faithfully recreated the new Critical Care Tower built out of LEGO and donated the creation which went to auction at the 3rd annual EllisDon golf tournament at Morgan Creek Golf Course. The winning bid raised $4500 which goes back to the hospital. Built by AbbyLUG members, project lead Lee Wager is extremely happy with the monies raised and thanks everyone who helped for their assistance to help create the Critical Care Tower.
Congratulations to all involved in making this happen!
The following article was published in the Langley Times on August 13th, 2014 and has been reproduced here for your convenience.
posted Aug 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM
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.
I couldn’t find an image online that matched the angle above, but this one taken from the Fraser Health website shows the Critical Care Tower it was modelled on.