After four years of hard work, CHU Sainte-Justine, the largest mother-child centre in Canada and the second largest pediatric hospital in North America, opened its doors to the public on November 7th. People were invited to visit the special care unit, the research centre and the magnificent atrium that links them together. SNC-Lavalin, the designer and builder, delivered a high-quality project on time and within the initial budget.
The Minister of Health and Social Services, Gaétan Barrette, joined me and other representatives of SNC-Lavalin at the inauguration ceremony, alongside executives of the CHU Sainte-Justine and its Foundation.
The special care unit has 275 beds, including 80 in the neonatology unit, making it the largest in Canada, as well as 14 operating rooms and all of the imaging services. The research centre has, among other things, six stories of modern new laboratories, with a number of areas dedicated to clinical research. The complex also features a vast atrium, two large auditoriums, walkways to the existing structure and a playful landscape architecture.
Construction of these two world-class buildings is part of CHU Sainte-Justine's “Growing Up Healthy” major modernization project, which entails the construction of new buildings and the subsequent rehabilitation of existing ones. By its end, the project will have increased its surface area by 65% and will enable CHU Saint-Justine to continue to meet the growing needs of Quebec families.
We at SNC-Lavalin are very proud to have participated in this landmark project.
Project Director, SNC-Lavalin