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Proposed new building in the downtown business district

Consultation with the community

HEC Montréal is committed to consulting the community throughout the project.

January 31, 2017: codesign workshop

HEC Montréal held a codesign workshop on the construction of its new downtown building on January 31, 2017.
This day of reflection was intended to draw on participants’ experience and knowledge in considering the identity, style and personality of the future building. HEC Montréal is very interested in ideas for integrating the building seamlessly into its environment.
The event was hosted by Mosaic, a HEC Montréal hub specializing in creativity and innovation management. Some sixty people from the scientific, social, economic and cultural communities attended, along with local residents.

November 10, 2016: 1st open house

HEC Montréal held a first open house session at St. Patrick’s Basilica on November 10, 2016.

The goal of the session was to introduce HEC Montréal and local residents to each other. More than 40 people turned out to hear an outline of the project, give their comments and raise various points that residents would like the School to keep in mind.

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Frequently asked questions

Project justification

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Why does HEC Montréal want to build in downtown Montréal?

The School is short of space. In 2015, the Quebec government recognized that it was lacking 18,110 net square metres, or the equivalent of three American football fields! HEC Montréal has experienced very strong growth over the past 20 years.

+ 60% students
+ 65% employees
+ 235% research chairs and centres
+ 100% training activities for executives and professionals

A new HEC Montréal building in the heart of the downtown business district will help in this respect.

It will also allow the School to:

  • better respond to the needs of current students working downtown, by improving conditions for them;
  • better respond to the training needs of downtown workers, employers, professionals, executives and managers; and
  • better connect with its institutional and corporate partners.
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What kind of programs does the school plan to offer in the new building?

HEC Montréal plans to offer distinctive specialized programs in its new building:

  • its portfolio of MBA programs
  • certain certificates, specialized graduate diplomas and short graduate programs
  • all its École des dirigeants programs, for professionals, executives and managers, to meet a need clearly expressed by downtown employers and workers

The building will also house a knowledge transfer and co-innovation centre, combining several research and knowledge transfer centres. This will allow HEC Montréal to strengthen its connections with its partners and with businesses.

However…
All activities relating to the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, and many certificate programs, will remain at the School’s Côte-Ste-Catherine and Decelles buildings on the north side of the Mountain.


Design and construction

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How will you make sure that the project fits well into the neighbourhood?

HEC Montréal launched a dialogue with its future neighbours on November 10, 2016, at an open house event.

The goal of this dialogue is to make sure that the project is favourably received and properly integrated into the community.

Members of the public may contact the School at any time:

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What will the building's architectural design look like?

HEC Montréal held a codesign workshop bringing together people from a variety of backgrounds, including local residents. The workshop was an opportunity for them to collaborate on finding specific solutions to different problems that had been identified.

The workshop resulted in guidelines that may inspire us and be integrated into the project concept.
The design will also have to take account of the protected heritage properties and respect the conditions imposed by St. Patrick’s Basilica.

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Will the project be subject to the city's public consultation process?

We are currently drawing up the business plan, which will be submitted to government authorities for approval.

HEC Montréal will comply with City of Montréal by-laws and respect its practices regarding public consultations.

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Who will be designing the building?

HEC Montréal issued a call for tenders on October 24, 2016, in keeping with the rules of the Société québécoise des infrastructures.

The following professionals have been hired:

Architects Provencher Roy Associés Architectes Inc.
Structural/civil engineering SDK / MHA consortium
Mechanical/electrical engineering Pageau Morel / Bouthillette Parizeau consortium

 

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When is construction scheduled?

According to the timeline, construction will be carried out between 2019 and 2021.

The building will welcome the first students in the summer or fall of 2021.


Heritage and environment

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Does the chosen site have heritage value?

The property in question, next to St. Patrick’s Basilica, is not classified as a heritage property.

Before selecting this site, HEC Montréal helped produce an énoncé de l’intérêt patrimonial (statement of heritage value), in co-operation with the City of Montréal, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, Parks Canada and urban heritage experts.

This type of statement is an official document describing the different values of a site (historic, symbolic, artistic, social, technical and others). It identifies the characteristics of the site embodying these values.

HEC Montréal will also assess the best way of paying tribute to some of the institutions that once stood on this site.

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Will the new building block the view of St. Patrick's Basilica?

No. The view of St. Patrick’s Basilica from De La Gauchetière and Saint-Alexandre streets is protected under the statement of heritage value produced by the City.

In addition, in its agreement with the directors of the Basilica, HEC Montréal agreed to respect certain conditions so as not to detract in any way from the value of this historic building.

The new building will be located on the lot next to the Basilica. The Basilica entrance and the green space in front of it will not be affected.

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During construction, will you be doing anything with the green space on rue De La Gauchetière?

HEC Montréal wants to help revitalize the block delimited by De La Gauchetière, Côte du Beaver Hall, René-Lévesque and Saint-Alexandre. This means that the site will be redeveloped.

The School is planning a green space for people to enjoy. Input from local residents will be useful in this regard.

The current outdoor parking lot, considered a heat island, will be converted into an underground lot. This will help beautify the site.

Important!
The new building will be located on the lot next to the Basilica. The Basilica entrance and the green space in front of it will not be affected.

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Will the building be part of the River to Mountain Promenade?

The River to Mountain Promenade will be inaugurated in 2017, while our new building will not open until 2021.

HEC Montréal will look into the possibility of eventually connecting with the promenade.

September 20, 2017
A geotechnical study to gather more data on the site

In order to characterize the soil, determine the bearing capacity and gather some data essential for designing its new building, HEC Montréal plans to conduct a geotechnical study on the site of the future building.

The study will include probes in certain locations on the site, along with temporary test pits. The work will be done during normal working hours (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) starting September 21 and will last about eight days. Once the study has been completed, the work crew will return the grounds to their original condition.

 


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