Sacré-Coeur-de-Montréal Hospital

Sacré-Coeur-de-Montréal Hospital is one of Montréal’s largest teaching hospitals, affiliated with the Université de Montréal.

Built in 1927 as a sanitorium treating tuberculosis patients, the hospital includes general, emergency, and specialized medicine to support more than 300,00 patients annually.

Thanks to major government investments, the hospital commissioned an expansion to modernize the nearly 100-year-old building. The goal is to better reflect the hospital’s vision to become a leading research center in traumatology for patients and researchers.

The new four-story addition comprises a 26-bed maternity ward, a new endoscopy day clinic, a medical device reprocessing unit, and new research and teaching labs. The specialized intensive care unit, known as the Integrated Trauma Centre, was relocated to the new wing and now includes 32 beds.

Updating a century-old hospital

In a joint venture, architectural firms Provencher Roy (Montréal) and Yelle Maillé (Montréal) delivered the 174,935-square-foot expansion, an L-shaped wing that reinterprets the century-old hospital.

The new volume’s shape echoes the hospital’s original rectangular pavilions, typical of a tuberculosis hospital. Materials including glass, aluminum, and terracotta-colored masonry were used in the new wing’s envelope to discretely pay homage to the original clay brick building.

In a contemporary twist, the architects used a glass curtain wall to reflect the chapel in the new wing’s main entrance. Landscaping and outdoor furniture enhance the site and the chapel’s unique architecture.

The energy-efficient envelope was specially designed for Montréal’s extreme winters with a mix of alternating vertical bands of terracotta-colored porcelain stoneware and glass curtain wall. This mix also manages to preserve natural light and views from interior spaces to promote the well-being of patients, caregivers, and visitors.

Facility details for Sacré-Coeur-de-Montréal Hospital

Location: Montréal, Canada

Completion date: June 2022

Owner: Government of Québec

Total building area: 174,935 sq. ft.

Total construction cost: $65 million

Cost/sq. ft.: N/A

Architecture firm: Provencher_Roy and Yelle Maillé Architectes, joint venture

Interior design: Provencher_Roy and Yelle Maillé Architectes, joint venture

General contractor and builder: Construction T.E.Q. Inc.

Landscape Architecture: Vlan paysages

Engineering: SDK (structural), BPA/Stantec (electromechanical)