Montreal University Hospital Center (CHUM) is one of the largest health care providers in Canada. Tetra Tech, as part of a private-public partnership, provided study, design, final plans and specifications, and technical support during construction of CHUM’s new research center. The full project consisted of building a new research center on a site adjacent to the future CHUM location.

Constructing the new research center included the following units for operation:

  • A merger of two laboratories (basic research and population health research)
  • Facilities for cellular imagery; imagery and biomedical engineering, genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, proteomics; monitoring of immune response; animal keeping and modeling; and computational biology
  • Integrated supporting laboratories
  • Research administration
  • Centralized clinical research
  • Public health school
  • Cyclotron for the production of positron-emitting radioisotopes
  • “Centre intégré d'enseignement et de formation” or CIEF (integrated teaching and training center)

These units were constructed in two buildings (the 15-story Viger Building and the 6-story Saint-Antoine Building), both connected via walkway.

The anticipated power requirement was 7 megawatts, the charge on the essential network was 5 megawatts, and networks powered by 600 kilowatts of uninterruptible power supplies were planned for information technology needs and specific medical equipment. Essential uninterruptible power supplies were designed based on an n+1 type redundant configuration.

This was a private-public partnership project; therefore, the budget was set and the schedule included penalties for project delays. Coordination and planning between the teams of designers and contractors went smoothly and was instrumental to the project’s success. Project management skills were essential to handle disciplines in the context of such a large-scale project.

Electrical systems included, among others, a 25-kilovolt electric power supply and a planned connection to the future CHUM site; a 25-kilovolt station and 3 transformation and distribution substations to convert 25 kilovolts to 600 volts; 4 generating units (3 of which are 2,500-kilowatt synchronized); and 3 power supply units.