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Project Profile

  • Montreal Heart Institute Modular Hospital

    highly specialized is our specialty

    Every project is a unique collection of challenges, but some buildings need even more specialization, even more precision. Sometimes there just isn’t any room for error. Good thing we never tolerate any.

    In 2018, the Montreal Heart Institute started a major expansion project, adding an emergency cardiac care unit and other significant upgrades. To maintain its critical care services, we built and installed a temporary emergency building with all the technical facilities the institute needs. It’s an enormously important showcase of our attention to detail and ability to meet the exacting standards of a highly technical facility.



    Date:  2017

    Location:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Client:  Montreal Heart Institute | Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal

    Category:  Healthcare

    Two Stories, Four Years

    At 28,272 square feet, the temporary emergency building will be a state-of-the-art facility, with 42 individual modules on two stories. The first floor will contain the emergency room, reception and external clinic, while the second floor will provide doctor’s offices, consultation and examination rooms.

    It took five months to install the facility, which will then operate for four years during the expansion project. As with so many of our temporary buildings, its construction goes to show that while our skill with modular buildings reduces construction time, it doesn’t reduce those buildings’ longevity. Even temporary buildings can be in it for the long haul.


    A complex complex

    We had to consider several critical factors in planning this facility. First, the building had to be strategically located to integrate seamlessly with the hospital’s operations. Second, we had to consider transportation and the placement of cranes in an urban environment with limited access and a small footprint. Then, we had to consider the highly technical nature of the building itself.

    Because the work done inside can’t afford to be disrupted, the temporary emergency unit is a post-disaster and para-seismic building. It features wet sprinkler system, medical furniture, medical gases and Guard Voice System and alarm. And because hospital inpatient care needs to control the flow of particulate in the air, we helped design an ultra-performant HVAC and air filtration system with MERV 13 air filtration.

    In a facility where the actions of medical professionals require precision and timeliness, we brought both, and the results will be essential care for the next four years. There’s no room for error there.