An evolving hospital complex in the heart of Montréal’s new health district is transforming the medical landscape of Québec.
The multi-billion dollar, three-phase project is bringing the services of the CHUM teaching hospital network’s three facilities – Hotel Dieu of Montréal, Hôpital Notre-Dame and Saint-Luc Hospital – onto a single, 37,000m2 site. The result will be one of the largest healthcare facilities in North America, and a high-tech centre for research, teaching and patient care.
Innovative Features to Increase Efficiency
Once complete, the new hospital will provide 772 private rooms, a critical care unit and 39 operating theatres, including dedicated rooms for robotic surgery, heart surgery, neurosurgery and transplants. Innovative features include a network of self-guided vehicles to carry equipment around the hospital – expected to make 3,500 journeys a day – plus nine kilometers of pneumatic tubing for efficient delivery of drugs, blood samples and other items. Cancer patients will also benefit from treatment rooms equipped with state-of-the-art linear accelerators, facilitating faster, more accurate radiotherapy.
By optimizing heat recovery, ventilation and lighting design and using as much daylight as possible, our designers cut net energy use by 50% compared with a similarly occupied building in the same climatic conditions. Thanks to our team’s innovative and collaborative thinking, as well as achieving one of the most energy efficient hospitals in the world, the owners saved $8M in capital outlay through the decision to outsource power, heating and chilled water needs to Austin Energy, which owns and operates the CHP plant.
Major Improvements for Better Patient Care
The CHUM Research Centre, a major new knowledge hub for the city, opened its doors in 2013, marking the end of phase one of this mammoth scheme. The second phase – construction of the main hospital – is currently under way. Under the third and final phase, due to complete in 2020, the old Hôpital Saint-Luc will be demolished to make way for additional clinical space, as well as offices and a copper-clad amphitheater. This striking structure will form the centerpiece of the wider complex and contain a 500-seat auditorium.
Innovative Management Methods
WSP is part of the consortium hired to project manage the research center and general hospital, and to provide a range of other services including cost, schedule, change and risk management. The scale of this project led the team to create new processes and management tools including a new project office to enable synergies and efficient communication; performance benchmarks; regular team workshops and client and stakeholder meetings; and processes that ensured the evaluation and choice of partners met key criteria. These innovative management methods have resulted in a unique collaboration with the client and the opportunity for us to achieve key milestones.
Important Focus on Sustainability
The complex includes a number of green features, such as efficient plumbing fixtures that will help reduce fresh water consumption by 30% compared to a similar, standard building, plus a unique HVAC design that will make CHUM the only hospital in North America to supply 100% fresh air throughout the building. The research center has already been awarded LEED Gold and the hospital is aiming for LEED Silver.