CHUMLast week, CannonDesign + NEUF architect(e)s publicly unveiled details of nearly a decade of work on the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), the largest healthcare construction project in North America and one of the largest current healthcare projects in the world. Now nearing completion of its first phase, the CHUM teaching hospital is also the largest public-private partnership (P3) healthcare project in Canadian history, set to revitalize an entire sector of Montreal’s urban core.

The project’s unveiling has been met extremely well by international media, with extensive coverage from key publications including Architect magazine, Canadian Architect, ArchDaily, World Architecture News, Azure, Building Design + Construction and more. The media seems impressed with CHUM’s scale, design, art integration and overall value to the Montreal community.

Below are headlines and excerpts from several of the key media stories.

From Canadian Architect, CannonDesign + NEUF architect(e)s unveil details of healthcare construction project

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, reconnecting the city’s urban fabric and anchoring the Quartier de la Sante, Montreal’s new healthcare district.

The team continually pushed the envelope for quality of design throughout the process, whether in its use of parametric design on the building envelope, the use of 3D-printed models in coordination, an innovative approach to the integration of heritage components and an intense use of technology to facilitate communication between team members.

From ArchDaily, Montreal’s Three-Million SF Hospital to Become Largest Healthcare Project in North America

Spanning over 3 million square feet, the 22-story complex will merge three aging hospitals into one, creating  a space with 772 single-bed patient rooms, 39 operating theaters, and more than 400 clinics and examination rooms.

From Architect magazine, Tackling North America’s Largest Healthcare Project in Seven Steps
Nearly 180 architects across 15 offices worldwide have worked on CHUM. To ensure consistency, the team set strict protocols. “It wasn’t going to be enough to just design the building,” said Christine Cavataio, AIA. “We needed to design the workflow as well.

In late 2011, CannonDesign and NEUF hosted a project delivery meeting, which included each firm’s quality control and BIM leaders and the project’s BIM consultant, Boston-based CDV Systems, to establish a road map for the design and documentation process. These protocols applied to both routine and BIM-specific tasks, from email correspondence and transmittals to building equipment content and reference details in the REVIT model.

Centre hospitalier de l’Universite de MontrealFrom Azure, North America’s Largest Hospital is Set to Open in Montreal

The project has also incorporated large-scale works of art into the architecture, to “blur the lines between the two” and provide a “more human experience to the visitor and staff,” said Azad Chichmanian of NEUF architect(e)s.

On one building façade, local art duo Mathieu Doyon and Simon Rivest have installed Life in the Mountains, a photo-based series encompassing five medallions, each containing pixelated images of mountain peaks. Each image is comprised of 15,000 star-burst shapes. Says Rivest, “The whole thing is eight storeys high and the skyline they create goes up and down – its our take on the heartbeat line, and that very short moment being represented by mountains, which take millions of years to form.”

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