The City of Westmount says it hasn't had confirmation from SNC-Lavalin that it is looking at measures to solve the noise coming from the ventilation system of the MUHC superhospital but it would welcome that development.
Neighbours of the Glen Yards site have been complaining about a constant humming sound and Westmount says it does break its noise bylaw.
The director general of the City of Westmount says they’ve been discussing the noise problem with SNC-Lavalin for months but did not know about the possible solutions.
SNC-Lavalin says it's considering different measures to decrease the sound, in case they are needed once the building is finalised. It could not give details on each of those measures but said mufflers on the ventilation system could be an option.
“They have not formally told us what they plan to do, but this is positive news, if it is their course of action,” Duncan Campbell said.
“As a good neighbour they should be trying to reduce the impact on the area around them so we welcome any measures that they can bring forward to reduce the irritation for our residents.”
Campbell says a consultant found that the noise was reaching around 53 decibels.
The bylaw says noise can't exceed 50 decibels.
The MUHC said they won't accept a building that does not conform to municipal bylaws.