We’re excited to share that the Centre Hospitalier de l’Universitie de Montreal (CHUM), the largest current healthcare construction project in North America, is featured on the cover of design + architecture (d+a) Magazine – a leading Singapore-based publication focused on highlighting exceptional architecture and interior design. The article provides a thorough overview of the CHUM project and commentary from Jose Silva of CannonDesign and Azad Chichmanian of NEUF architect(e)s.
The article is not available online, but we’ve included key excerpts below and a photo of the cover image.
On CHUM”s massive scale
Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, the CHUM complex will include 772 single-bed patient rooms, 39 operating theatres and more than 400 clinics and examination rooms. Beyond the logistical scope of merging three aging hospitals – St. Luc, Hotel-Dieu and Notre-Dame – under one roof, the CHUM project is a prime example of thoughtful architecture solving highly complex problems, with social infrastructure and urban renewal as integral components to its design. The 22-storey complex, spanning over three million sf and encompassing two full city blocks, will play an important role in regenerating the neglected East-end of Montreal’s downtown core.
On the project’s significance, per Jose Silva
The CHUM is truly a remarkable achievement. Marked by its creative design, sheer size and scale and powerful focus on elevating healthcare, the CHUM will be an iconic and valuable resource for the City of Montreal, the province of Quebec and all of Canada long into the future,” said Silva. “The level of collaboration and strategic planning required to make the project a reality was truly remarkable. From day one through now, our collective commitment to delivering a facility that can serve as a beacon for the city, achieve better health outcomes and engage and enrich the surrounding community has never wavered. That commitment is one of the key reasons the CHUM is set to be one of the premier healthcare projects in the world.”
On healthcare delivery
Each of the 772 rooms include ample space for family involvement, and expansive windows offering some of the best views of the city and of publicly accessible rooftop gardens. Importantly, the entire building s designed following universal design principles, and impressively, the vast majority of the 12,000+ rooms in the building are designed following a small number of standardized room templates.