November 27, 2006
by Canadian Architect
McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) announced today that its Board of Directors had approved the selection of the Master Architect, a consortium of pre-eminent Quebec and international architects, for its Redevelopment Project on the Glen and Mountain campuses.
This consortium includes Les architectes Lemay et associs; Jodoin Lamarre Pratte et associs architectes; Andr Ibghy Architectes; and Menks Shooner Dagenais Letourneux. In addition, the firms of Moshe Safdie & Associates and Perkins+Will will bring invaluable international expertise to the team, which has a combined total of more than 100 years of experience in major projects.
“This is a great day for the entire MUHC community,” stated Dr. Arthur T. Porter, MUHC Director General and CEO. “The past successes of these architects and the goals they set when submitting their bid totally mesh with our commitment to excellence in healthcare, research and teaching. This team has the necessary leadership, vision and management skills to design our Mountain and Glen Campus facilities to the very highest standards.”
“To help the MUHC achieve its ambitious goals, the team will create two campuses of outstanding quality and functionality,” stated Louis T. Lemay, Senior Architect and President of Les architectes Lemay et associs. “The facilities will be ahead of the latest trends and developments in healthcare and integrated within their built and natural environments.”
The consortium’s four principal partners and international experts have an outstanding record in planning and developing state-of-the-art healthcare, research and academic institutions in urban environments, both here in Quebec and around the world. They have a vast knowledge of the MUHC and its needs. In preparing their bid, they visited more than sixty university hospitals in Asia, Europe, South America and the United States, notably to measure design strengths and weaknesses against the institutions’ functional and technical programs. This global knowledge will be a major asset in the design of the MUHC Redevelopment Project.
“This is a unique opportunity to reinvent the health science centre of the future with a campus that promotes and supports the integration and synergy between patient caregivers, researchers and educators while exhibiting the joy and inspiration of discovery and successful medical results,” stated Jean Mah, Senior Architect, Perkins+Will. “We are honoured to be part of the team working with the MUHC to create a 100-year campus.”