The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) welcomed today’s announcement by the City of Montreal, which confirmed that an agreement had been reached on the sharing of infrastructure expenses and responsibilities related to the construction of the Glen Campus. The agreement includes a list of projects valued at $59.5M and a governance structure for their realization.
The governance structure includes three key components: 1) the creation of a project office, which will be managed by the City of Montreal; 2) the creation of a Steering Committee, whose representatives from the MUHC, the City and the Office of the Executive Director of the Modernization of Montreal’s University Hospitals will oversee project management, will have equal say in the decision-making process and will be responsible for providing strategic direction to the project office’s team; and 3) the setting of a financial platform and the provision of a monetary reserve for inflation to ensure the budget is respected.
“We are pleased that this agreement recognizes that the MUHC will play a vital role in the City’s drive to ensure its success in the knowledge economy both at home and abroad,” stated Dr. Arthur T. Porter, MUHC Director General and CEO. By helping finance and carry out important infrastructure projects through a centralized project office, the Glen Campus’ urban integration and access will also be assured within the allocated budget. It’s a win-win situation for the entire community.”
The vast majority of infrastructure projects will be financed and carried out jointly. However, some will be assumed in full by the MUHC while others in full by the City given each party’s area of responsibility. Joint projects include:
- Refitting of the De Maisonneuve and Décarie intersection and the opening up of De Maisonneuve to two-way traffic;
- Widening of Décarie Boulevard between De Maisonneuve and Saint-Jacques;
- Refitting of the Saint-Jacques and Décarie intersection;
- Creation of a Saint-Jacques Street access;
- Installation of an underpass aligned with Claremont for cyclists and pedestrians;
- Minor refitting of three intersections on Glen Road;
- Refitting of the Addington and De Maisonneuve intersection;
- Refitting of Saint-Jacques and A15 North intersection;
- Refitting of the Upper Lachine and Girouard intersection with a roundabout;
- Linking of Upper Lachine and Crowley; and
- Reconstruction of the CP overpass.
“This agreement is the result of many months of close collaboration between the MUHC and the City of Montreal,” added Pierre Major, Associate Director of Infrastructure Planning and Implementation, MUHC Redevelopment Project. “Credit is also due to the many citizens of Westmount and the CDN-NDG and Sud-Ouest boroughs who helped us improve the access plan presented during the 2005 public consultations.“
The agreement will come into effect following approval by the Agglomeration Council at its next session at the end of November.
About the MUHC Redevelopment Project
Guided by its mission and its role as the nerve centre of the McGill integrated university hospital network, the MUHC is carrying out a $1.579-billion Redevelopment Project that will help the Government achieve its vision for academic medicine in Quebec. Excellence in patient care, research, education and technology assessment will be fostered on two state-of-art campuses—The Mountain and the Glen—and through strong relationships with healthcare partners. Each LEED®-registered campus will be designed to provide patients and their families with “The Best Care For Life” in a healing environment that is anchored in best sustainable development practices, including BOMA Go Green guidelines. www.muhc.ca/construction
About the MUHC
The MUHC is a comprehensive academic health institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical programmes, research, teaching and technology evaluation. The MUHC is a merger of five teaching hospitals affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University: the Montreal Children’s, Montreal General, Royal Victoria, and Montreal Neurological hospitals and Institute, and the Montreal Chest Institute. Building on the tradition of medical leadership of the founding hospitals, the goal of the MUHC is to provide patient care based on the most advanced knowledge in the healthcare field and to contribute to the development of new knowledge. www.muhc.ca-30-