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The consortium of architects Birtz, Bastien, Yelle, Maillé and Ouellet are the names behind the expansion and functional refitting of the Emergency ward at the Sacré-Coeur Hospital in Montreal, inaugurated on March 14.

This construction, which took more than one year, represents the first of four phases of the fixed assets master plan adopted by the establishment. The three others comprise the construction of a centre for ambulatory services, the expansion of the hemodynamics facility and a five- or six-storey wing to be built over the Emergency ward.

The architects were given the mandate to create flexible and comprehensive layouts, ensure that personnel has a view of all patients, install a monitored circulation network to oversee public and medical traffic, and create pleasant and bright areas for the reception area and the waiting room.

They were asked to design an ambulatory area and one for stretchers around a central station, thereby creating an easy flow between the different services. These areas also enjoy full natural lighting.

Finally, the architecture of the new Emergency ward, with a total area of more than 4,000 square metres, had to blend in with the existing site.