The MUHC Redevelopment Project is Taking Shape: the Design Phase is Underway


The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is pleased to announce the launch of the design phase for its Redevelopment Project at the Glen and Mountain campuses. “This new milestone sends an important message to our patients, our health professionals and our community that the new MUHC is moving forward,” explains Yanaï Elbaz, MUHC Associate Director General, Redevelopment, Planning and Real Estate Management. “We are especially proud to be working with prestigious Quebec architectural firms to conceive modern facilities that will reflect the latest developments in hospital design.”

The BC Cancer Research Centre in Vancouver, Canada, one of the two new pavilions of the Vancouver General Hospital designed by IBI Group

One of Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center’s patient rooms. This facility located in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, was designed by HDR

Artist rendering of a pediatric patient room created by HKS for the C.S. Mott Children’s and Women Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Group Arcop designed the Institute of Integrated Medical Sciences and Holistic Therapies in Gurgaon, India

Two consortia, Groupe immobilier santé McGill and Partenariat CUSM, have passed the qualification stage to develop detailed proposals for the Glen Campus public-private partnership (PPP). Both consortia comprise distinguished architects that will augment the MUHC’s Master Architects’ Quebec expertise with broad international experience.

Groupe immobilier santé McGill, led by SNC Lavalin and Innisfree Limited, has secured the architectural services of IBI Group, HDR Architecture Canada Inc., NFOE et associés architectes, and Yelle Maillé architectes associés. IBI Group, a leader in hospital and research centres design, has recently inaugurated the BC Cancer Research Centre and the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, two new pavilions of the Vancouver General Hospital. The design of both centres encourages medical breakthroughs by placing clinical activities, teaching and research under the same roof. This LEED Silver-certified project was developed as a PPP.

A renowned firm in North America, HDR Architecture, has developed among other projects the Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center in Virginia, which involved relocating the hospital to a new site. The new facilities are based on the most advanced patient-centric care approach, emphasizing respect for patient privacy and combining a human touch with healthcare excellence.

Partenariat CUSM, led by John Laing Investments and Obrascon Huarte Lain, will draw on the skills of architectural firms HKS and Groupe Arcop. HKS, with over 1,000 hospital projects to its credit, is recognized internationally as the leading architectural design firm in the healthcare field. The C.S. Mott Children’s and Women Hospital in Michigan was designed by HKS as a LEED-certified, 358-bed, state-of-the-art university hospital centre. The patient-centric design of that institution was conceived to provide space for patients’ families (lounge, kitchen, laundry room, etc.) and to create an inviting atmosphere for pediatric and adult female patients.

Groupe Arcop, a Montreal company with broad experience, has recently received much positive attention for the design of the Institute of Integrated Medical Sciences and Holistic Therapies in Gurgaon, India, a 1,550-bed hospital complex. The project includes residences for patients’ families and personnel, a hotel, a mall and an office building housing enterprises specialized in life sciences. Currently under construction, it follows very tight budget and schedule criteria.

Last week, under the leadership of Les architectes Lemay et associés, Jodoin Lamarre Pratte et associés architectes, André Ibghy Architectes and Menkès Shooner Dagenais Letourneux, the MUHC’s master architectural team launched the design project for the two future healthcare campuses.

“The MUHC Redevelopment Project is a unique opportunity to develop new hospital models in Quebec that meet the needs of the 21st century,” said Louis Lemay, Master Architect and President, Les architectes Lemay et associés. “The combined experience and skill sets of the master architects will ensure that we design hospitals to accommodate research and teaching alongside patient care, and which are flexible enough to incorporate new medical technologies as they become available.”

The master architectural team has an impressive history in designing large hospital, research and teaching facilities, including: Centre hospitalier Pierre-LeGardeur, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Sherbrooke (Hôtel-Dieu), Cité de la santé de Laval, École polytechnique de Montréal (LEED Gold certified) as well as the Marcelle-Coutu and Jean-Coutu wings of Université de Montréal.

As the MUHC’s Glen Campus will be developed using a PPP approach, the master architects will prepare the technical specifications required for the Request for Proposals. The Mountain Campus, on the site of the Montreal General Hospital, will be developed using a conventional approach. As a first step, the master architects will prepare the architectural concept and the plans for the various government approvals and public consultations that are required.

Furthermore, the lead team will help the MUHC during the PPP design phase, serving both as a consultant and as the representative of the hospital. Its role will be to ensure that the proposed design is optimal and that the budget and the work schedule are respected.

In the next phase, in spring 2008, the MUHC will issue its Request for Proposals, which will culminate in the selection of a private-sector partner for the development of the Glen Campus. The MUHC anticipates announcing the selected partner in December 2008.

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.

About the MUHC
The MUHC is a comprehensive academic health institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical programs, 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 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.

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