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Kone delivers 77 elevators and escalators to new CHUM hospital complex

March 27, 2013 - Kone has been awarded a contract by Construction Sante Montreal, a Laing O’Rourke and OHL Canadian joint venture, to install 77 elevators and escalators throughout Quebec’s new Universite de Montreal Hospital Centre (CHUM).


March 27, 2013
By Alyssa Dalton

Kone was chosen for its expertise in managing the flow of people and materials throughout complex hospital environments, and solutions that will enhance the hospital’s patient-centred design and spatial efficiencies, said Construction Sante Montreal.

As part of the contract, Kone will install 45 EcoSystem MR elevators, 14 MonoSpace machine room-less elevators and 12 TravelMaster 110 escalators, as well as four dumbwaiters and two purchased hydraulic elevators. Ten of the elevator controls will be equipped with control integration for Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV), to help regulate that deliveries of service, food, linens, and medical supplies are conducted during light traffic hours.

In addition, the hospital’s elevator and escalator equipment will be equipped with Kone E-Link monitoring system to help ensure end user safety, said Kone.

“Kone is pleased to provide energy-efficient elevator and escalator solutions that will assist with CHUM’s patient-centered design,” said Larry Wash, EVP and CEO, Kone Americas. “Our extensive research and focus on this area will enable patients, hospital staff, and visitors to move smoothly and safely throughout the hospital.”

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The new 2.5 million-sf facility is expected to serve over 400,000 patients a year and includes 772 single-patient rooms, ambulatory and diagnostic centres, surgery, intensive care, clinical laboratories, and a research centre. The building is expected to achieve LEED  (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification once completed.

Kone will install 66 units during Phase 1 of the project, scheduled to begin at the end of 2013. Phase 1 includes the construction of the fully functioning new hospital, scheduled to open April 2016. Kone will also deliver 11 units for Phase 2, which includes the completion of an amphitheater, library, and clinical-administrative spaces. Phase 2 is expected to commence in the fall of 2016 with the demolition of the St.-Luc Hospital and be completed in 2020.