Mother-Child and Emergency Centre at the Fleurimont Hospital in Sherbrooke
Before being selected for the design and production of plans and specifications in traditional mode for the new Mother-Child and Emergency Centre (CMEU) of the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke, the firm worked on three distinct mandates for the development of this major expansion and refurbishment project for the Fleurimont Hospital: the functional and technical program (2014), the mandate to assist in the preparation and presentation of the revised technical program by the SQI and the drafting of the Dossier d’opportunité by the SQI (2015 and 2016), and finally the development of a complete technical proposal as part of the design-build request for proposals process in 2018. The project includes the expansion and consolidation of emergency services, child psychiatry, pediatrics, maternity, and neonatology, for both outpatient and inpatient services. The creation of a new main entrance for the hospital, logistics support services, an underground parking lot, and a new building for generators that will adequately meet the facilities needs are also part of the mandate. With this 34,500 m² addition, the CIUSSS Estrie-CHUS will be able to offer modernized services that are adapted to the realities of specialized and super-specialized care in a welcoming and comforting environment. This BIM project is aiming for LEED v4 certification.
Yelle Maillé et associés architectes (Technical Proposal + C/PS)
Jubinville et associés architectes (FTP + Technical Proposal + C/PS)
34 500 m²
2014 — 2024
The Fleurimont Hospital —one of the two establishments of the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS)— has been cramped for many years and is facing a significant increase in needs requiring to upgrade its facilities. As the fourth largest university hospital center in Quebec, the CHUS stands out in several cutting-edge sectors, in addition to being the only one to assume the triple role of:
- a community hospital for the citizens of Sherbrooke;
- a regional hospital center for the entire population of the Eastern Townships, providing specialized and ultra-specialized care and services such as trauma, cardiology, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, and pediatrics;
- a key supra-regional hub, being the only university hospital center outside Quebec City and Montreal, and a reference center for its ultra-specialized services for part of the populations of Centre du Québec and Montérégie.
Maternal and child care accounts for a total of 30% of the hospital's activities and continues to grow. This increase is due in particular to a longer life expectancy of very premature and extremely premature babies —a situation that leads to more complex pathologies— but also to the emergence of new technologies that reduce the infant mortality rate. This situation, combined with facilities that have not been brought up to standard since their opening in the 1960s, has led the CIUSSS Estrie – CHUS to carry out this major expansion and refurbishment project at the Fleurimont Hospital.
Several design criteria are guiding the choices related to the project:
- planning simple, rational and efficient flows as well as strategies to promote intuitive orientation;
- abundance of natural light;
- a spacious and bright reception area;
- the efficiency and quality of the layouts;
- the grouping of functions, sectors and services of similar care intensity and nature;
- the superposition of functional units of a similar nature;
- the respectful integration of the project into the built and natural landscape of the hospital site;
- the development of an architectural vocabulary that is harmonious with the existing buildings;
- landscaping that contributes to and integrates with its environment and facilitates orientation and wayfinding;