McGill University Health Centre Glen Site

A total project solution

SNC-Lavalin and its partners are proud to provide Montreal with some of the most advanced medical facilities in the world. Together, our work on the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) will help treat patients for the next 50 years.

In 2010, the MUHC awarded Groupe infrastructure santé McGill (GISM), composed of SNC-Lavalin and Innisfree Ltd., a contract to finance, design, build, operate and maintain a mega hospital complex in Montreal as part of a public-private partnership until 2044. The MUHC’s glen site is expected to transform patient care and provide a state-of-the-art learning environment for health care professionals.

One of the largest construction sites on the continent at the time, the 346,150 square-metre (Over 7 american football fields) MUHC Glen site is also the product of one of North America’s biggest public-private partnerships project.

Building a bright new future in public health

Home to one of the most innovative academic health centres in the world, the MUHC Glen site is one of SNC-Lavalin’s most significant accomplishments. Located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the project is also one of North America’s biggest public-private partnerships (PPP), with SNC-Lavalin acting a majority shareholder in the PPP concession company and arranging the financing. The sheer size and complexity of the MUHC Glen site project is testimony to the depth of capabilities within the SNC-Lavalin team.

Megaproject expertise

For years, the Glen site was one of the largest construction sites in North America, with 900 professionals, nearly 12,000 workers, and 14 tower cranes in full swing. There was so much crane activity that an anti-collision system was deployed during construction to ensure safety. The sheer magnitude of the project should come as no surprise, since the new facility will integrate a total of four distinct health care institutions and a research institute: the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute, the Cedars Cancer Centre and the Research Institute of the MUHC.

Working with the community from day one

Throughout the construction, SNC-Lavalin kept its focus on maintaining residents’ quality of life as it was inevitably affected by the realities of this large-scale construction project. We’re proud of the continuous community relations we were able to maintain in partnership with our client.

A public-private win-win

The MUHC Glen site facility, which is targeting LEED® Silver certification, will be operated and maintained by our team until 2044. The project won the 2011 North American Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year Award from Project Finance magazine, and the 2010 Gold Award from the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships in the Financing category.

Numbers that speak for themselves
  • 900 professionals, including 125 architects and 125 engineers
  • A total of 12,000 workers
  • 238,000 m3 of concrete
  • 25,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel
  • 12,500 rooms
  • 58 elevators
  • 92 roofs covered with white stones to help reduce the heat island effect and comply with LEED criteria
  • 95% of construction waste and debris was reused and recycled
  • A total of 11,658 plantings on the site, not requiring watering
  • 27,000 aluminum panels covering more than 255 building facades
  • Underground and above-ground parking lots for more than 2,859 spaces, with 79 charging stations for electric vehicles
  • 333 parking spots for bicycles

“I would like to thank our team of 900 professionals, as well as the more than 1,000 other MUHC team members who came together to create a facility that will positively impact quality of life in the province for generations,” said Ian L. Edwards, Executive Vice-President, Infrastructure Sector. “Together, we’ve taken an abandoned rail yard and transformed it into one of the world’s leading health care facilities. We’re proud to be one of relatively few companies in the world with the resources and capabilities to invest in, design, build, and then operate and maintain facilities that directly improve people’s lives, and the Glen site is a great example of that.”

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