SEMCO wins landmark order for one of the largest hospitals in Canada: CHUM in Montreal

SEMCO will provide a total of 47 energy recovery units to the Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal. The project will meet environmental LEED Silver standard and estimated anually savings of over 40 thousand tons of carbon emissions.

CHUM HospitalThe Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM, transliterated as Montreal University Health Centre, is the largest French-language teaching hospital in North America), and Collectif Santé Montréal (Made up of Innisfree Canada Limited, Obrascon Huarte Lain, S.A., Laing O’Rourke and Dalkia Canada Inc.) is the largest Public-Private Partnership, or P3 project to date in North America. Construction Sante Montréal (a joint venture partnership between Laing O’Rourke and Obrascon Huarte Lain), are responsible for the on-time success of this Mega-Project. It will be delivered in 2 phases with Phase 1 completion in 2016, delivering over 85% of the clinical space and Phase 2 in 2020.

The New CHUM mission is the application of innovative approaches to healthcare, search for new knowledge and the promotion of health. This proud Quebec institution will achieve the highest HVAC energy recovery with over its life by using the SEMCO True3Å heat recovery enthalpy wheels. This goliath healthcare project boasts 2.5 million square feet, serving 345,000 ambulatory patients, 22,000 inpatients and 65,000 emergency patients each year. The hospital will also accommodate 772 single-patient rooms, ambulatory and diagnostic centers, surgery, intensive care, clinical laboratories and a research center that encompasses 35 medical disciplines. The project will also meet environmental LEED Silver standard.

SEMCO, a Fläkt Woods company, a global specialist in manufacturing state-of-the-art energy recovery technology has been awarded the project. SEMCO/Fläkt Woods have over 900 hospital/healthcare projects and wheels in operation. Over 80 of our energy recovery wheel projects are in operation in Canada today. What is unique about this project is to provide high indoor air quality while reducing the energy consumption. The indoor air climate will be made up
of 100% outside air, in recirculated air from traditional air-handling equipment. For their part, SEMCO will provide a total of 47 energy recovery units which will supply 2.8 million
cubic feet per minute (cfm) of outside air.

Solution: At the heart of each unit is the SEMCO True 3Å heat recovery enthalpy wheels which will provide exceptional air treatment and the highest level of energy recovery, translating to dollars of energy saved, resulting in significant savings over the life of building. This is of considerable importance given the increasing need to reduce contaminates and control the rising cost of healthcare.

The traditional design approach to hospitals would be to have preset minimum ventilation for each space, with a varied amount of filtered recirculation air, depending on the use of each occupied space. The vision of CSM/CHUM principals and engineers was not only the selection of high level of quality manufacturers with the highest level of up-time reliability, but to focus on maximizing the indoor air quality and health of their patients. This leads to eliminating all of the recirculated air, replaced with 100% outdoor air. So the genius in the CSM/CHUM design was to put health-care professionals, visitors, especially patients first, and to create an indoor climate made up of 2.8 million cfm of cleaned, conditioned, healthy air.