The Research Center of the University of Montreal Hospital Center (CRCHUM) is the largest health research center in Quebec and is affiliated with the University of Montreal. The CRCHUM brings together around 1,300 individuals in a single location, including nearly 400 researchers, 356 students, as well as technical and administrative staff previously spread across six different buildings. The project's objective was to provide the CHUM and its scientific community with an internationally renowned, communicative and stimulating research center that is accessible and open, serving as the anchor point of CHUM Downtown and which contributes to the institution's scientific prominence.
The CRCHUM, covering an area of approximately 71,000 square meters, consists of the Viger Tower and the St-Antoine Tower, located adjacent to the new hospital complex. The fifteen-story Viger Tower houses an integrated teaching center, clinical and fundamental research activities, as well as an animal facility and specialized laboratories. The 5th floor, the interface between research and teaching activities, features the center's administration, an agora, and a 180-seat amphitheater. The St-Antoine Tower accommodates the facilities for population health research (epidemiological studies), offices for several CHUM departments, and the hospital's daycare center. A bridge on the 2nd floor connects the two towers.
Sustainability was a central concern for the team from the project's inception. In addition to the specific performance requirements to achieve LEED Silver certification, the designers and builders made extra efforts, resulting in the project achieving LEED Gold certification.