Our task was to insert a 3,000,000 sq. ft. hospital complex into downtown Montreal without affecting daily operations of the adjacent Hôpital Saint-Luc. Initially, only 55% of the project was to be completed in Phase 1. However, with the help of our collaborators, we reconsidered the program and were able to complete 85% of the project in one single phase and deliver a fully functional hospital. Office space, auditorium, library and parking are planned for Phase Two.
To facilitate day-to-day operations, we established an on-site task force right in the middle of the action. With more than 500 employees working on the architectural components alone, coordination between all parties – designers, engineers, clients and builders – required the latest in communication and data management tools. Real-time network collaboration, coding and parametric design, BIM and 3D printing became part of our everyday toolkit.
Ten large-scale works of art were incorporated into the architecture of the hospital itself. The CHUM project now claims the greatest concentration of public art in Montreal since Expo 67.
A series of 9 short films explore the material cultural of the CHUM’s construction site.
Photo credit : Adrien Williams