At the 2012 Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES) conference in Montreal, Nick Stark, Vice President, Knowledge Management, HH Angus & Associates Limited, and Associate Architect on the CHUM Project, Azad Chichmanian, Partner, DCYSA Architecture + Design, presented CHUM: An Integrated Design Approach for a New, State-of-the-Art Healthcare Facility. CHUM is the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, and is both the largest single healthcare development underway in Canada and the largest P3 project in North America.

The presenters discussed the challenges of the project pursuit, design and construction, due to CHUM’s complex and dense urban site in downtown Montreal. As well, they spoke to the unique opportunities for collaboration among the design team to meet these challenges.

When complete, CHUM will be one of the largest academic medical centers in North America with 2.5 million sq.ft. serving 345,000 ambulatory patients, 22,000 inpatients and 65,000 emergency patients annually.  CHUM will accommodate 770 single-patient rooms, ambulatory and diagnostic centers, surgery, intensive care, clinical laboratories and a research centre that encompasses 35 medical disciplines.