St. Louis Construction News & Review has profiled the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), which upon completion, will be one of the largest academic medical centers in North America with 3.5 million SF serving 345,000 ambulatory patients, 22,000 inpatients and 65,000 emergency patients each year. The hospital will also accommodate
770 single-patient rooms, ambulatory and diagnostic centers, surgery, intensive care, clinical laboratories and a research center encompassing 35 medical disciplines. The main hospital totals 26 stories, with 20 above grade and six below grade.
CHUM is one of the major hospital networks in Montreal and will be associated with the Universite de Montreal. It is a significant teaching hospital and the amalgamation of three sites covering two city blocks. The project is significant for the city, as the public has been waiting for over 30 years for a new hospital.
CHUM is designed as an engine for development and an urban unifier, as an anchor at the heart of the new Quartier de la Sante. The project is targeted for LEED Silver certification. ”Imagine inserting a 20-story hospital covering two city blocks, in a large scale urban setting, onto one of the most prominent streets in Montreal,” states Matt Forman, AIA LEED AP – Project Architect, Cannon Design St. Louis.
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In early October, The Chicago Tribune sent out an open call to its readers to create a new Plan for Chicago. As described in the brief:
Today, with education failures, joblessness, crime and other intertwined challenges confronting Chicago with the fourth great crisis of its 176 years, the Tribune invites readers and organizations to finish Burnham’s work — to address the imperiled livability, uneven prosperity and desperate public finances that have driven residents to leave by the hundreds of thousands.
The Tribune identified several key issues that the city is currently facing which the new plan must address: public education, the jobs gap, crime and criminals, economic inequity, population retention, and city debt. Recognizing that none of these issues can be addressed in isolation, the Tribune asked readers to craft holistic strategies which would address multiple challenges at once. Taking inspiration from our firm’s purpose statement of addressing the greatest challenges facing our clients and society, a group of CannonDesigners immediately convened to discuss how we could respond to the Tribune’s call. The Tribune had framed the discussion for the new plan relative to all the things that are considered to be going wrong in our city. As a group, we decided early on that our proposal would instead be framed around what was going right, and focus on how to supplement and embolden our city’s successes. Over the course of several meetings and discussions, the group crafted a proposal built on a sense of optimism for the future which seeks to leverage Chicago’s many physical and social assets. In short, our proposal seeks to reinvent the city’s aging and underutilized physical infrastructure (transit stops, abandoned industrial building stock, down-sized libraries & post offices, recently closed public schools, vacant residential lots, etc) to serve existing and emerging models of social service, community outreach, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
As of November 24th, the response that the Tribune has received has been overwhelming. Over 500 submissions were received from individuals, student groups, institutions, businesses, and philanthropic organizations. Accordingly, the Tribune has extended the discussion to focus on 5 ‘clusters’ of information: Reimagining Youth, Reinvesting Real Estate, Redeploying Public Dollars, Self Reliance as a force multiplier, and Start in the Streets. The CannonDesign proposal dovetails nicely into several of these categories, and we look forward to contributing to the conversation as the plan moves forward.
Many thanks to all those that contributed to the discussion, and stay tuned to see how the plan continues to evolve!
Yijun “Melody” Wang, an intern with CannonDesign’s engineering team in Boston recently published the article, “The Computer In Engineering: Tool or Time Bomb,” which assesses engineers liability for failures resulting from computer-related errors. Wang is a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has done some great work with CannonDesign and as part of her education. You may remember her previous post about the solar decathlon.
The article runs in the December edition of HPAC Engineering’s monthly Engineering Green Buildings electronic newsletter which is scheduled for broadcast, Dec. 18. You can read it online now.
“Over the last few decades, engineers have become increasingly reliant on computer applications to avoid human error in the performance of complex calculations. Being overly dependent on computer programs may lead to errors itself and expose engineers to tremendous liability, however.”
I wanted to share a preview of our craft we will provide for the WeCare event next Tuesday, December 10. Sponsored by Herman Miller, WeCare is an annual event hosted at the James Jordan Boys & Girls Club, aimed to provide under-priviledged youth with an opportunity to share gifts with their families.
Our craft this year will be “Snow Globe Ornaments” – look close to find out what materials we used! (Healthcare shout out)
At its annual ceremony honoring design excellence, the Buffalo/WNY Chapter of the American Institute of Architects recognized CannonDesign with three of the four Honor Awards presented by the Chapter.
Chan Byun, AIA, LEED AP, Design Principal, notes, “…receiving these top honors validates the role our Buffalo teams play in advancing our higher education and healthcare practices both in the Western New York region and firmwide. These wins also substantiate the partnerships we continue to forge with our clients and consultants.”
Below are brief descriptions of the winning projects, along with comments from this year’s jury.
Onondaga Community College, Ferrante Hall – Academic II
The 45,000 sf Ferrante Hall addition, is Onondaga Community College’s most recently developed campus facility. The teaching facility affirms the college’s commitment to elevating its arts and music curricula, and enhancing the cultural environment in Syracuse, NY. The building’s full suite of services encourages an integrative music approach among the department’s administration, production, teaching, research and support functions – fostering practice and performance offerings and interaction within the facility and the greater community.
Jury comments: Rigorous on approach, the addition’s composition is intriguing and its detailing is exceptional, inside and out. Although the plan is very open and cleanly refined, the performance hall conveys warmth that would be enjoyable to visit or perform in.
State University of New York at Oswego, Rice Creek Field Station
Providing opportunities for research and learning in natural history and the biological sciences, the Rice Creek Field Station’s coherent, field-oriented program of academic instruction, research, and service, supports the objectives of SUNY Oswego faculty and students and responds to the needs of the regional scientific and educational community and the public at large. Only a few miles from the main campus, the Field Station is situated in a wetland preserve, used by researchers and the community at large as a recreation and learning landscape. The field station offers classes in the summer to students from local schools, and is the origination point of a vast trail system.
Jury comments: The design for this facility effectively positions the solid versus the void while maintaining strength of form between the building and its surroundings. The materiality selection, the detailing, and the execution of the construction provide for a high quality solution.
Department of Veterans Affairs, Mental Health Facility, San Juan, PR
The proposed Residential Treatment and Psychosocial Recovery Center serves veterans in need of behavioral healthcare services including mental illness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Abuse issues and homelessness. In the proposed facility, building and site work together to create a therapeutic platform for recovery, with both the interior and exterior environments equal participants in treatment and recovery. Following evidence-based design practices, natural daylight, views and physical connections to the landscape, appropriate zoning between noisy and quiet activities and separation between therapy spaces and social spaces all work together to create a normalized, stress- and anxiety-reducing environment for recovery.
Jury comments: The delicacy of the structure and sunscreen defines the strength of this project—the courtyard. The concrete structure’s openness to the exterior, in clear contrast to the lushness of the tropical island, provides a crisp, contemporary solution to complement the healing and recovery process.
Chan adds … “Congratulations to all the team members of these projects who put forth their best effort and expertise necessary to achieve such great success—delivering the most effective design solutions to our clients.”
Interesting article from Becker’s Hospital Review on the Hospital of 2035. The article deserves a full read but key themes touched upon include the continued decline of inpatient care, population health, personalized medicine and virtual mobile hospitals. These future trends will prove interesting and our firm is already considering them when thinking about how best to design the future of health. I thought this quote proved quite inspiring.
“It’s definitely a pivotal time in healthcare right now,” says Stacey Empson, JD, MHA, FHIMSS, managing director of health services for CTG Health Solutions. “I think we have an opportunity as healthcare providers, facilitators and consumers of healthcare to improve the model.”
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