Centre de recherche clinique Étienne-Le Bel du CHUS

Research Center Expansion

The CR-CHUS ranks among the five major research centers in Québec and currently has more than 230 fundamental and clinical researchers who stand out on both the national and international levels.

When including the ongoing team—that is, students and research assistants—this number is brought to more than 900 people who are currently involved in research at the CHUS. The expansion made it possible to consolidate and develop research in Sherbrooke.

July 2012 | The construction work for the CRCELB's expansion was launched on July 23, 2012, with the participation of several dignitaries.

July 2012 - The evolution of the project

The centre’s expansion—representing nearly 7000 m2—began in summer 2012 and was completed at the end of 2013. The new three-story structure is connected to the other building dedicated to research by walkways on every floor. This expansion doubles the space dedicated to research at the CRCHUS.


This new wing houses preclinical-imaging research, a clustered work area for clinical-research staff, offices and laboratories for researchers in the Diabetes, Obesity, and Cardiovascular Complications thrust as well as offices for the centre's administrative offices and the CHUS human-research ethics committee.


Investments on the order of $31.7 million went into building this new wing and into the current redesigning of spaces dedicated to research (wing 8). The funding came primarily from the Quebec government, which provided $25.2 million. The remainder came from the CHUS foundation, which contributed $6 million through the Campagne Ensemble fund-raising campaign held in cooperation with the Université de Sherbrooke with support from the City of Sherbrooke as well as from the research centre, which put in $500,000.

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Contributors to the Expansion Project

  • Mrs. Manon Desaulniers, engineer and construction-project coordinator, Mrs. Chantal Guindi, assistant project head, and Mr. Guillaume Fecteau, engineer and building consultant.
  • Dr. Marek Rola-Pleszczynski, CRCELB scientific director, Mr. Martin Toussaint, acting scientific assistant to the director and project leader, Mrs. Chantal Guindi, assistant project head for the CRCELB expansion and Dr. Jean-Pierre Perreault, vice dean for research and graduate studies of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke.

Over 100 people worked closely together both at the job site and in planning the work to make the expansion project a success, including three CHUS employees: Manon Desaulniers, engineer and construction-project coordinator; Chantal Guindi, assistant project head; and Guillaume Fecteau, engineer and building consultant.

    

Expansion: A Four-Phase Process

Construction of the vault
Construction of the vault
First Phase

The first phase consisted in moving the road along the CR-CHUS to allow construction of the vault to house a second cyclotron, which was the second phase of the expansion project.

>> What Is a Cyclotron?

  

Second Phase

The second cyclotron would secure medical isotope production for the CHUS and other Québec hospitals. The cyclotron would be used to develop new isotopes and produce technetium-99m, a non-polluting alternative to isotopes produced with nuclear reactors. Moreover, it would reduce the CHUS's dependence on this isotope, which has chronically been in short supply since the closure of the Chalk River reactor in 2009. These investments made the CR-CHUS one of Canada's leading centers for the development and production of radiopharmaceuticals.  

   

Third Phase

The third phase doubled the floor space available for research at the CR-CHUS. Connected to the existing facility via an overpass, the new three-story building would house preclinical imaging research, the center's administrative offices, the CHUS's human research ethics committee, a clustered work area for clinical research staff, and offices and laboratories for the researchers in the diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular complications (DOCC) axis.  

   

Fourth Phase

The final phase of the expansion involved reorganizing the space dedicated to clinical research in the existing building, making it more functional and increasing the capacity for conducting clinical studies. The medical imagery axis and clinic benefit from the acquisition of a 3T magnetic resonance imaging scanner. The mother–child research and inflammation-pain axes now have access to new clinical rooms that respond to their specific needs for carrying out their research projects.

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Breaking Ground | Pictures

       

Juillet 2014 | Cliquez pour agrandir
Juillet 2014

Les travaux complétés au cours de l’automne 2014 dans l’aile 8 permettent désormais aux chercheurs, aux professionnels de recherche et aux étudiants des axes Mère-enfant, Diabète, obésité et complications cardiovasculaires et Inflammation – Douleur d’utiliser des espaces neufs pour la recherche clinique au bénéfice des patients.

Au deuxième niveau, plusieurs salles cliniques génériques et de nouveaux équipements ont été ajoutés et contribuent à l’augmentation potentielle du nombre de recherches cliniques. Parmi ces instruments, mentionnons entre autres l’acquisition d’un ostéodensitomètre, d’un IRM 3 Tesla et de vélos stationnaires pour tests à l’effort.

Le projet d’agrandissement et de réaménagement du CRCHUS a été réalisé en respect des budgets et des échéanciers.

Félicitations aux personnes qui ont travaillé de près ou de loin à sa réussite!

  

Mai 2014 | Cliquez pour agrandir
Mai 2014

La construction de l'aile 9 du CRCHUS est maintenant terminée. La dernière étape du projet d’agrandissement consiste à réaménager les espaces dédiés à la recherche clinique dans le bâtiment existant, soit l’aile 8, permettant ainsi de rendre ces espaces plus fonctionnels, d’augmenter le nombre d’études cliniques et de favoriser la recherche fondamentale. L’axe de recherche Imagerie médicale ainsi que son service d’examens cliniques bénéficieront de l’acquisition d’un appareil d’imagerie par résonance magnétique 3T. Les axes Mère-enfant et Inflammation-douleur profiteront de l’ajout de nouvelles salles cliniques pour répondre à leurs besoins spécifiques en recherche.

  

October 2013 | Click to enlarge
October 2013

Afin d’ajouter une touche colorée à la vie scientifique dans le nouveau bâtiment dédié à la recherche,  le CRCELB a lancé au mois de septembre un concours d’images scientifiques auprès de ses chercheurs, de leurs étudiants et du personnel de recherche. Chaque image sélectionnée sera exposée dans les nouveaux locaux du Centre accompagnée d’une notice identifiant son auteur, la méthode utilisée pour obtenir l’image et une courte description de cette dernière. Afin de récompenser les lauréats, trois prix seront remis lors d’une activité spéciale à l’hiver 2014.

        

   

July 2013 | Click to enlarge
Juillet 2013

Après les vacances estivales, les travaux de construction de l’agrandissement du CRCELB ont repris de plus belle. Les employés finalisent la pose du revêtement extérieur et installent le mobilier de laboratoire. Les travaux d’aménagement intérieur nous préparent graduellement au déménagement du personnel administratif et des équipes de recherche des axes Imagerie médicale et Diabète, obésité et complications cardiovasculaires (DOCC) dans leurs nouveaux espaces de travail.

  

May 2013 | Click to enlarge
May 2013

The wall structure of the new building was nearly completed and the exterior finishing would be installed over the coming weeks. At this stage, it was easy to get a clear idea of what the new 7000 m² building would look like once completed.

  

January 2013 | Click to enlarge
January 2013

Work resumed on January 7 after a break for the holidays. The building was gradually taking shape and work stayed on schedule because of the good winter weather. Electrical and plumbing work soon got underway to connect the existing CRCELB to the burgeoning structure.

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