Nouveau CHUM

Nouveau CHUM 

Launched in 2009, the Montreal University Hospital Center (CHUM) project was a colossal undertaking. In fact, it was the largest health-sector construction project in North America with 772 private rooms, 39 operating rooms, and more than 400 clinics and examination rooms. The project is the result of over 10 years of work and is the largest public-private partnership in Canada to this day.
Location
Montreal, QC
Type
Institutional, Interior Design
Stories
22 + 5 underground
Surface area
3M ft² / 278 709 m²
Status
Completed (2017)
Mentions
In collaboration with CannonDesign for all the project's phases
In collaboration with CannonDesign, we developed the architecture and interior design of the project – from conception to realisation and site supervision. Spread over two full city blocks in downtown Montreal, the 22-storey complex is targeting a LEED Silver rating.
Our task was to insert a 3,000,000 sq. ft. hospital complex into downtown Montreal without affecting daily operations of the adjacent Hôpital Saint-Luc. Initially, only 55% of the project was to be completed in Phase 1. However, with the help of our collaborators, we reconsidered the program and were able to complete 85% of the project in one single phase and deliver a fully functional hospital. Office space, auditorium, library and parking are planned for Phase Two.
To facilitate day-to-day operations, we established an on-site task force right in the middle of the action. With more than 500 employees working on the architectural components alone, coordination between all parties – designers, engineers, clients and builders – required the latest in communication and data management tools. Real-time network collaboration, coding and parametric design, BIM and 3D printing became part of our everyday toolkit.
10 large-scale works of art were incorporated into the architecture of the hospital itself. The CHUM project now claims the greatest concentration of public art in Montreal since Expo 67.

A series of 9 short films explore the material cultural of the CHUM’s construction site.

Photo Credits : Adrien Williams

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