Sunday, October 1, 2023

Modernization of the Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital: works until 2037

During the joint press presentation by the Minister of Health of Quebec and the Director General of the CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal earlier this week, Christian Dubé mentioned that the work would be distributed over a period of “8 to 10 years given the complexity of working in an existing hospital.”

However, according to the first specifications published online this week by the SQI, all works will extend over almost 15 years, that is, until 2037, due in particular to the modernization of the Maisonneuve pavilion.

For the envelope of the building, covered for years with spindles, as well as for its adaptation to seismic standards, a budget of almost 190 million dollars is planned.

Many floors also had to be demolished to leave only four and the elevators rebuilt.

Rear View Of The Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital.

Rear view of the Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital.

2037 is starting to be quite far away, it is more than 10 yearsreacted the representative for Rosemont, Vincent Marissal.

It will be the role of the ICS, but also of the government, to ensure that we do not end up with a project for fifteen years.added the Quebec solidaire health spokesperson.

A spokesperson for the SQI, Anne-Marie Gagnon, assures that it was decided to take an accelerated path in phases with the commitment of the MSSS that authorized the project to go directly to the planning stage.

16 story building

The heart of the works refers to the new critical care pavilion, where the hospitalization units will be located.

A 16-story building is planned, a little higher than the current Maisonneuve pavilion.

Two Diagrams Side By Side.

Views of the new pavilion.

In principle, the first tower should be delivered at the end of 2033, while the north tower of the pavilion would be delivered in 2035, according to SQI forecasts.

Construction of this new intensive care ward is scheduled to begin in 2026.

The total area of ​​the modernization works amounts to 169,000 square meters.

In comparison, CHUM’s three construction phases totaled more than 400,000 square meters.

Limited land acquisition

One of the limitations that had to be taken into account in the different scenarios considered was respect the integrity of the Bois-des-Pères parkthe documents indicate.

This wooded area, which runs along Dickson Street, will surround the new hospital pavilion. It borders the northeastern boundary of the Maisonneuve site.

An L-Shaped Building.

The Bois-des-Pères park will be preserved.

Consequently, the SQI plans to acquire the car park owned by Polyservices Maisonneuve-Rosemont.

An alternative scenario not chosen included the acquisition of the Notre-Dame-des-Anges boarding school and the Canadian Cancer Society building, both located nearby.

3500 parking spaces

During the press conference, those elected highlighted the need to improve connections to the public transportation network, since the REM project that would pass nearby is no longer in CDPQ Infra’s plans.

The HMR modernization project foresees the construction of a 1,200-space parking lot at the Rosemont site (north of Rosemont Boulevard), while the Maisonneuve site (south of Rosemont Boulevard) will be able to have 2,300 spaces once the project is completed. critical care ward. and the absorbed work areas.

A budget of two billion dollars is planned for all works.

The Emergency Room Of The Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital.

The modernization of the Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital will cost the State billions of dollars.

This sum could exceed four billion dollars if development costs, equipment, fees and contingencies, in particular, are included.

Engineers and architects have until mid-October to submit their applications.

Without PPP as in CHUM

The SQI tender documents also confirm that construction works will be carried out in traditional mode and not in PPP, as was the case at the time for the construction of the CHUM and the MUHC.

The Exterior Of The Chum And An Ambulance.

The CHUM in Montreal.

Guillaume Hébert, researcher at the Institute for Socioeconomic Research and Information (IRIS), is delighted.

A priori it seems like a good idea to us (…), because according to our projections at the time, building the CHUM and MUHC in PPP cost twice as much as in conventional mode.says Mr. Hébert.

Hébert believes that it would also be necessary to invest Large sums for home care, social services, youth centers and psychological support..

At the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI), we generally say we are pro-PPP.

Laurentians raise their hands

Additionally, the Coalition Santé Laurentides (CSL) this week expressed concern for the Laurentides following the announcement for Montreal East.

The Coalition recalls that the hospitals of Saint-Jérôme and Saint-Eustache also require considerable investments.

Unlike the HMR, phase 1 of Saint-Jérôme and Saint-Eustache had to be significantly reduced due to increased project implementation costs and its two-year postponement. underlines the president of the Coalition, Marc L’Heureux.

Therefore, a phase 2 is essential (…) and this phase 2 is not yet included in the government plans adds the prefect of the MRC des Laurentides.

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