The expansion constitutes an addition of 40% to the existing area of the hospital, which grew from 150,000 m² to 235,000 m². Consequently, a complete review of logistics systems was necessary to reflect circulation flows between the new and the old areas for staff, stretcher patients, medical supplies, pharmacy and food trolleys, and common and biomedical waste. The grouping of activities was carried out following the testing of numerous configurations depending on their functional affinities and by optimizing the links of proximity and fluidity among certain functions, treatment posts, and areas of recovery.
The fluidity of vertical circulation is a key element of the functional concept. Four elevator hubs were established: for the public; for logistics and movement of patients; for patient transfers between the emergency department, operating rooms and intensive care units; and for the routing of sterilized equipment in the surgical unit. These were strategically positioned to allow isolation of uses, ease of access, and rapid movement between floors.
A new Sterilization Department was designed to meet all the needs of the Hospital as formulated by those in charge of this key department and according to the latest standards. A simple layout was developed to achieve a linear and controlled process. The interior finishes were the subject of particular attention to meet the required aseptic levels and to provide a safe and pleasant working environment.
Large-volume pneumatic chute system /
The project includes the integration of the first automated system for collecting waste and soiled linens inside a hospital building in Canada. By replacing the traditional chute process that generated significant movement of contaminated materials throughout the interior of a hospital, this automated system diverts contaminated elements of each floor directly to the laundry and garbage containers, localized outside the building. This system provides the dual benefit of reducing nosocomial infections and of economizing on maintenance staff.