Heart disease is still Canada’s second leading cause of death. So, when the Montreal Heart Institute announced a $188.9 million expansion to stay on the cutting edge of treatment and research, we jumped at the chance to get involved.
Starting in 2018, the hospital expansion includes major upgrades to their emergency cardiac-care unit, critical care unit, a new ambulatory-care centre and a new cardiovascular health training facility to continue developing new research.
To help keep the hospital fully functional during its four-year construction, we collaborated with the Montreal Health Institute to deliver a unique solution – a post-disaster and para seismic medical building.
At just over 28,200 sq.- ft., the temporary facility was entirely designed for the hospital from the ground up. This included integrating the needs of different medical equipment, medical gases and specialized healthcare technology into the design.
We also collaborated on the conception of an ultra-performing HVAC and a MERV 13 air filtration system, a must-have for all hospitals to ensure the health and safety of all patients and staff.
Spanning two floors, the facility has 42 individual modular units. The first floor houses the emergency room, reception and external clinic, while the second floor is where the consultation and examination rooms are, as well as doctors’ offices. This gives them the flexibility, space and safety they need, without disruption to their current operation.
Located in a busy urban environment, we prioritized the hospital’s need for easy access to and from the temporary facility.
At first, this posed a challenge working within a small footprint and limited space. But after consulting with the client and careful planning, a transportation and craning strategy was developed to safely integrate the temporary facility with the existing hospital.
The entirety of this project was a testament to our ability to support our customers and communities while exceeding their expectations. In this case, by listening and then designing a unique modular solution.
Installation of the temporary space starts at the end of this May, with project completion by September.