HEC Montréal has sought to integrate itself into the neighbourhood right from the start of its development downtown, in particular by involving the neighbourhood and the local community in the design of its new building. It is continuing this approach with the goal of making this an inclusive and welcoming forum for dialogue.
The design of the Hélène Desmarais Building included a series of meetings with neighbours and the local community.
HEC Montréal asked one of its professional teams to work with the community to define a strategic project, with the goal of making the new building a forum for dialogue on the topic of sustainability. This led to a broader consultation involving about a dozen community stakeholders from the Faubourg Saint-Laurent neighbourhood, working closely with the Centre for Sustainable Development.
This consultative approach helped us clearly define the different social issues in the neighbourhood and jointly develop short-term initiatives in order to revitalize some vulnerable sectors.
“We wanted to create an initiative with and for the community, so we talked with potential partners about ways to use our strengths and bring about positive and lasting change in our new neighbourhood.”
In addition to these initial actions, a program will be rolled out starting in 2022. HEC Montréal wants to be a key partner for the community and contribute to engaging and enriching neighbourhood life. In particular, this initiative consists of:
De La Gauchetière Ouest closed from Monday, January 16 to Friday, January 20
A crane will be erected on Monday, January 16 on De La Gauchetière Ouest to complete work on the curtain wall of the building.
To carry out this work safely, the section of De La Gauchetière Ouest between Saint-Alexandre and Côte du Beaver Hall will be closed to automobile traffic from 7 a.m. on Monday, January 16 until the end of the day Friday, January 20. Note that local traffic will still be allowed, to maintain access to indoor parking in the buildings on this section of De La Gauchetière Ouest.