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Proposed new building in the downtown business district

Design and construction

A project consistent with the HEC MontrÉal image

HEC Montréal wants this new building in the downtown business district to reflect the principles that have allowed it to earn a place as one of the world’s leading business schools.

Video presenting the architectural concept of HEC Montréal's new building

This commitment is visible in three key respects: modernity, functionality and sustainability:

  • a modern, distinct and timeless architectural identity, allowing the building to fit in lastingly and seamlessly with the Montréal cityscape;
  • spaces designed for a diverse clientele, functional, on a human scale, accessible, warm and welcoming, to provide all users with an exceptional experience (cutting-edge technology, spaces suited to informal exchanges and collaborative work, fostering community, etc.);
  • a thoughtful and creative approach, taking account of contemporary sustainability principles (LEED certification), with technologies corresponding to best practices in the field.

A contemporary architectural concept

The new HEC Montréal building designed by Provencher Roy Associés Architectes inc. is intended to fit seamlessly into its built and natural environment.

Three overarching themes guided the development of the project:

Dynamic – a contemporary look in terms of its siting, volumes and materials.

Light – a building that blends into the urban fabric through the contrast between the lightness of the new structure and the mass of its older neighbours.

Respectful – Taking account of the heritage areas to be protected and creating a dialogue with the surrounding, through the way its façades and angles offer sightlines from rue De La Gauchetière and côte du Beaver Hall to showcase the adjacent Basilica.

The site of the new building presents two faces, with côte du Beaver Hall and its laneway, and the Basilica and its green space.

The parts of the building along côte du Beaver Hall and its laneway fit with the existing streetscape and turn toward the urban face of the city, proclaiming their presence through the use of cladding borrowed from the vocabulary of neighbouring structures.

The portion of the building next to the Basilica has a more organic feel, thanks to its fluidity and its façades opposite the church, presenting it with a light, reflective face consisting of glass in various shades of white. At ground level, the building opens up to its environment through slender glass bays offering multiple perspectives, leading to terraces that enliven the site.

A model of financial management

The School also hopes that the project will serve as a model of rigorous, intelligent and innovative financial management, consistent with the practices it espouses in its teaching and its own governance.

A model of integrated design

HEC Montréal wants to adopt an integrated design process (IDP), allowing it to:

  • develop a common vision of the project;
  • set performance objectives; and
  • develop solutions for reaching its objectives, in terms of content and quality as well as the budget and timeline.

Multidisciplinary workshops will be held, as a way of drawing on the creativity of all the professionals at HEC Montréal, so as to solve problems and quickly reach a consensus regarding project issues.

Design and construction professionals

Architects Provencher Roy Associés Architectes Inc.
Structural/civil engineering SDK / MHA consortium
Mechanical/electrical engineering Pageau Morel / Bouthillette Parizeau consortium
Project managers WSP Canada inc.
Modelling of the physical and functional
characteristics of the building (BIM)
Groupe Schéma inc.
Functional, technical and operational program (FTOP) CIM – Conseil / DMA Architectes
Soil studies Groupe Qualitas
August 6, 2018
Pre-construction work

Archaeological inventory
An archaeological inventory will be carried out between August 6 and late September on the site next to St. Patrick's Basilica, to prepare for the construction of the future HEC Montréal building.
A total of 11 trenches will be dug and probed manually. The work will be carried out in a secure perimeter, closed to the public. Once each trench has been investigated, it will be filled in again and the area will be reopened.

Geothermal test well
During the week of August 13, a section of the space giving onto rue De La Gauchetière, between rue Saint-Alexandre and côte du Beaver Hall, will be closed for 5 to 10 days to carry out a geothermal conductivity test. Once the test has been completed, the area will be reopened to the public.


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