Ontario Construction News staff writer
SNC-Lavalin will be undertaking design and engineering services work as part of the construction of the new Vaudreuil-Soulanges Hospital in Quebec. Work will be performed as part of a multidisciplinary team assembled by Pomerleau, on behalf of the Société québécoise des infrastructures (Quebec Infrastructure Corporation).
in Vaudreuil-Dorion outside of Montreal The project is scheduled to open in 2026, providing 404 beds, 11 operating rooms, and an emergency room with a capacity for 41 patients. It is currently the largest new hospital project being designed in Quebec.
“Engineering a better built environment is at the heart of what we do for communities all around the world,” said Ian L. Edwards, president and CEO at SNC-Lavalin. “Few pieces of social infrastructure have greater value to the people they serve than hospitals.
“Governments, including across Canada and its provinces, recognize in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic how important it is to have high-quality patient care available that is supported by world-class facilities like the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Hospital.”
The Société Québécoise des Infrastructures (SQI) awarded the construction contract to Pomerleau.
Once completed, the new health centre will have 132 340 sq. m. of floor space over two wings. It will contribute to shaping the future of health care services in the Montérégie West region.
A project office has been set up to bring together under one roof the multidisciplinary team in architecture, structure, electromechanics, foundations, and civil engineering. The health centre will meet all globally recognized functional standards and requirements and its environment will be warm and bright with numerous green spaces and resting areas for staff, patients, and their families.
“With the competence and know-how, we acquired on such large health centre projects as the CHUM Research Centre (CR-CHUM), the CHUM Phase 2 and the Enfant-Jésus Hospital in Quebec City, we are now able to propose a sustainable project that will fulfill the needs of the population for the long term,” said Pierre Pomerleau, President and CEO.
SNC’s engineering services group and partner Pageau Morel inc., will provide design and engineering services for the mechanical and electrical engineering of the hospital. Decarbonization and digital delivery capabilities will be at the heart of service delivery. This includes using Building Information Modelling (BIM) to create a 3D digital representation of the building and supporting efforts to achieve LEED building environmental certifications via efficient use of energy, materials, and water.
“Hospitals are an integral part of the social fabric of any prosperous community,” said Ben Almond, CEO, engineering services, SNC-Lavalin. “Having delivered much of Quebec’s existing healthcare infrastructure, we’re pleased that the breadth and depth of our capabilities have once again been recognized.”