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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.

October 22, 2018: information evening on the project

This information meeting, the third held by HEC Montréal in three years, was intended to update local residents on the latest developments concerning the construction of its new building. The architectural concept, the archaeological inventory done in summer 2018, the measures taken to commemorate the heritage of the site, and its landscaping were all discussed.

October 5, 2017: presentation of the architectural concept

Some fifty local residents responded to the HEC Montréal invitation and turned out on October 5 for a presentation on the architectural concept for the School’s new building developed by Provencher Roy Associés Architectes inc. Following an explanation of the chosen approach and how comments during previous meetings had been taken into account, the inherent technical constraints of the site and the next steps, audience members had a chance to chat with School representatives and the architects.

Over the next several months, HEC Montréal will continue to use different means to maintain open and constructive communications with its neighbours and local residents.

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.


Frequently asked questions

Project justification


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.

+ 64% students
+ 68% employees
+ 242% research chairs and centres
+ 108% 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.

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.

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


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:


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 inspired us and were integrated into the project concept.

The design also took account of the protected heritage properties and respects the conditions imposed by St. Patrick’s Basilica.


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



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 fall of 2021.

Heritage and environment


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 is aware of the site’s history, and will permanently mark the location of St. Bridget’s Refuge, in recognition of its importance to the Montréal Irish community.

It is also important to emphasize that the project respects the requirements of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications as concerns its heritage.


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 light of comments at initial meetings with neighbours and so as to ensure that the building is better integrated into its site, the HEC Montréal Foundation donated two properties on côte du Beaver Hall to the School. These additions to the project made it possible to reduce the height of the proposed building and its footprint on the Fabrique lot.

The chosen architectural concept will highlight the Basilica façade and preserve many sightlines from côte du Beaver Hall and rue De La Gauchetière. The new building respects the limits in terms of its height and alignment with the peak of the Basilica roof, and its architecture is well integrated, as requested by the St. Patrick Parish Fabrique.


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 concept makes good use of the green space. A number of planted areas are part of the design, including three of the building roofs on the west side.

Local residents will be able to continue enjoying the newly designed green space.

On rue De La Gauchetière, the new building will be set back from the sidewalk, so that trees can be planted along its whole length, to integrate naturally with the south side of the remainder of the site.

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

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.

Tour the inside of the new building

HEC Montréal is pleased to offer a 3D tour of the interior of its new building, designed by Provencher Roy Associés, the firm responsible for the architecture, urban planning and interior design of this ambitious project.

The School plans to create accessible, welcoming spaces equipped with the latest technology, guaranteeing all users an exceptional collaborative experience.

Enjoy the tour!

A community committed to HEC Montréal!

It’s clear once again that people are keen to see HEC Montréal back in the downtown business district! The first results of the “Powering the Heart of Business” fundraising campaign are in, and we raised $120,700 from 398 generous donors. This success points to the dedication of the School’s alumni and friends, who are more committed than ever to this exciting project.


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