University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM)

2010-2013 /Montréal (Québec) /70,000 m2/750,000 ft2

New public-private partnership (PPP) construction

Project description

As a member of the ACCÈS RECHERCHE MONTRÉAL team, PAGEAU MOREL is carrying out the project for the new research centre in a public-private partnership model. This new 70,000 m² research centre is aiming for a LEED Silver certification and includes a 7,000 m² animal facility, laboratories (two of which have a level 3 containment requirement), clinical research and training areas, as well as office spaces.
The research centre will become a unique presence in Canada and will be prominently positioned as elite and avant-garde on the international arena. The research centre’s design must also take into consideration the emerging trends in healthcare academic research centres.
PAGEAU MOREL, in consortium with two other firms, participated in revising and validating the PFT, and producing definitive plans and specifications for the new research centre. Construction started in April 2010 and will finish in March 2013. Commissioning will be completed in September 2013.
Under the leadership of Claude Giguère, PAGEAU MOREL participated in the LEED certification during multidisciplinary meetings and during the preparation of plans and specifications.

  • Infrastructure Investment Award for ''Best Social Project, 2012'', from Great Britain’s World Finance magazine.
  • “Given its downtown location, the construction of the new CRCHUM involved overcoming many engineering and urbanism challenges, which we accomplished by working as a team with the CHUM, the Accès Recherche Montréal consortium, Pommerleau-Verreault and all the other partners,” said Mr. Actil in the press release..

Challenges and Solutions

  • Aiming for LEED Silver certification.
  • PPP model, tight schedule and governmental budget.
  • On-site team working at the project office.
  • Multiple coordination meetings with the client and other professionals, as well as the preparation of detailed technical datasheets for all electromechanical services.
  • Fit-up of complex areas, such as an animal facility, laboratories, two containment level 3 labs, clinical research, training, and a cyclotron.
  • Necessary detailed and close coordination for confined floor height.
  • Principal measures integrated were: energy recovery measures, reducing drinking water consumption by over 30 %, putting in place verification and optimization resources for water and energy consumption (IPMVP), revitalizing Guy-Frégault park after contractor work, rainwater management, fundamental and best practice commissioning, non-CFC chillers, ozone layer protection, control and verification, interior environment quality, carbon dioxide plant, interior air quality management plan, low emission products, controlling interior pollution sources, natural lighting, etc.
  • The team optimized energy recovery measures which resulted in a 28 % reduction of the consumption, according to ASHRAE 90.1 2007.


  • Urban Development Institute of Quebec Awards of Excellence 2014 | Best Commercial Real Estate Project

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