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Proposed new building in the downtown business district

Overview

 

HEC Montréal is planning a new building in the Ville-Marie borough, in the heart of the city’s business district.

Michel Patry

"The School is excited about the prospect of a new downtown building, as it will bring us closer to the 300,000 professionals and executives working in Montréal’s business district. It is a return to the School’s origins, in fact, for its first students attended classes in Viger Square, not far from the site of the new building. This will allow us to strengthen our connections with our partners, our alumni and the local business community."

Michel Patry, HEC Montréal Director
Loretta Cianci

"The construction of this new building is inspiring for HEC Montréal. We are committed to designing a green and timeless building incorporating cutting-edge practices, standards and technologies. We want to create a pleasant, open and welcoming place where people can work, study and come together. Our commitment to respecting the environment also means a building that will enhance the community and the neighbourhood that we will soon be sharing."

Loretta Cianci, Director, Campus Development

New building in the downtown business district

The new building is to be erected on part of a property next to St. Patrick’s Basilica, between Côte du Beaver Hall and rue Saint-Alexandre.

This will enable HEC Montréal to:

  • expand its range of distinctive specialized management programs, in French;
  • get closer to the business community;
  • simplify access for downtown workers to HEC Montréal classes; and
  • foster exchanges with institutional partners and create a forum for knowledge transfer and co-innovation to help companies thrive (bringing together activities devoted to entrepreneurship and innovation, along with research centres).
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Programs of study and activities in the downtown business district

To better serve the large number of its students who work in downtown Montréal, HEC Montréal plans to offer a number of distinctive specialized programs in the new building:

  • portfolio of MBA programs
  • certain certificates, specialized graduate diplomas and short graduate programs
  • training for professionals, executives and managers
  • research and knowledge transfer activities
  • community services (e.g., access to meeting rooms)
  • HEC Montréal Foundation
  • Alumni HEC Montréal (alumni network)
  • HEC Montréal – Business Alliances

All activities relating to the bachelor’s, Master of Science in Administration and doctoral programs will remain at the School’s Côte-Ste-Catherine and Decelles buildings, in the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough.

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Project justification

HEC Montréal has seen exceptional growth over the past 20 years. Since it opened its building on Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine in 1996, the School has gained:

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

This growth has resulted in a lack of space, with important repercussions for HEC Montréal.

Short-term consequences:

  • Quotas have to be imposed for some courses or programs
  • Impossible to hold some educational or extracurricular activities
  • Need to lease outside facilities

Longer-term consequences:

  • Hinders program development
  • Limits the creation of research and knowledge transfer units
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Planned project timeline

Business plan*  
Preparation Fall 2016 to fall 2017
Submission and final approval Fall 2017 to winter 2018
Analysis and preparatory work Summer 2017 to fall 2018
Construction  
Call for tenders Winter 2019
Work Spring 2019 to spring 2021
Opening Summer 2021
* Calls for tenders for architects, engineers, consultants, architectural concept and preliminary sketches, plans and specifications.

Reactions by the business community

“HEC Montréal plays an important role as an engine for innovation and entrepreneurship, two subjects that are really dear to my heart. Its various institutes, hubs and research centres focus on cutting-edge management issues and help advance knowledge. At the same time, it offers young entrepreneurs a vast ecosystem to help them put their ideas into practice. The new building will make it possible to create even closer connections with many key players in the business world so as to accelerate the development of knowledge and enrich the entrepreneurial ecosystem. It’s a guarantee of a dynamic future.”

Winston Chan, entrepreneur

“HEC Montréal’s reputation as a vital economic player in Quebec is well established. But its role in training, research, support and knowledge transfer in the social economy is not nearly as well known. Initiatives like the IDEOS social enterprise management hub and some of its study programs contribute to research and to training top-notch future leaders in this field. HEC Montréal is also one of the founding partners of the all-new Maison de l'innovation sociale. The downtown building that the School is planning is a promising project and will certainly enrich this partnership.”

Jean-Martin Aussant, Executive Director – Chantier de l'économie sociale
All reactions
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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