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Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

Centre hospitalier
Written by Roma Publications

Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

Over a decade in the making, phase one of the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) was completed in September 2017. Designed by CannonDesign + NEUF architect(e)s, the super-hospital is the largest healthcare public-private partnership project in Canadian history.

The 22-storey complex, spanning over 3 million square feet and encompassing two full city blocks, will play an important role in regenerating the neglected East-end of Montreal’s downtown core, reconnecting the city’s urban fabric and anchoring the Quartier de la Santé, Montreal’s new healthcare district.

Initially structured as a two-phased project, CannonDesign + NEUF architect(e)s reconfigured the indicative design in order to accelerate the development significantly. As result, the recently completed phase 1 delivers the hospital’s core healthcare capabilities, including all patient rooms, all operating theatres, diagnostic and therapeutics, as well as the Oncology program. Phase 2 will now only involve the construction of offices, a conference centre, a few ambulatory spaces and additional parking.

Speaking as the CHUM opened its doors Jose Silva, Principal for CannonDesgin, said:

“It’s remarkably rewarding to see so many years of preparation, planning, design and intense effort come to life. The CHUM has always been an extraordinary project—from the bold vision that set it in motion nearly a decade ago to the beautiful building it has now become. This is an exciting moment for both those who worked on the project and those who will benefit from this state-of-the-art facility.”

Azad Chichmanian, partner and architect with NEUF architect(e)s, added:

“Walking through the completed spaces today, we feel a spatial quality that is in line with the ambitions of this great institution. As the public finally begins to discover the architectural moments that have been created, from the inviting, light-filled public spaces to the state-of-the-art clinical facilities, we believe the building will succeed in completely redefining Montrealers’ image of what a hospital feels like.”

Going well beyond the Quebec government’s requirement of dedicating a minimum of 1% of a public development’s budget to the integration of art, the new CHUM campus will also have 13 large-scale works of art incorporated into the design and ultimately house the highest concentration of public art in Montreal since Expo 67.

Since its completion the development has received a flurry of international design recognition, including a place on the World Architecture Festival shortlist in the Health category. the building has ignited the revitalisation of a neglected sector of Montreal’s urban core and will continue to do so for years to come.

Centre hospitalier

Image Credit – Adrien Williams

HH Angus and Associates Limited

HH Angus and Associates Limited congratulates CannonDesign + NEUF Architect(e)s on the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) – a milestone in Canadian healthcare delivery. HH Angus is proud to have provided their support as mechanical and electrical consulting engineers and security system designers for CHUM.

This landmark facility has demanded the very best from its designers; its massive scale required many innovative engineering approaches, which HH Angus’ design team has repeatedly delivered.

Nick Stark, VP, HH Angus and Associates Limited, said:

“HH Angus and Associates is one of Canada’s larger independent consulting engineering firms, and serves the healthcare, commercial, technology, industrial and energy sectors. While design excellence has been our reputation for almost 100 years, we continue to strive for excellence through leading edge technology, standards and practices.

“We understand that today’s business climate requires more from us – more responsibility, research and management skill – to help our clients succeed.”



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