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.
This commitment is visible in three key respects: modernity, functionality and sustainability:
View of the architectural concept for the new HEC Montréal building
Tour the interior of the new building du nouvel édifice
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.
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:
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.
Documenting the history of the site
A study of the site’s archaeological potential was conducted in 2017, followed by an archaeological inventory in summer 2018, by Artefactuel, a social economy enterprise working in the archaeology field.
The team of a dozen archaeologists dug 11 trenches on the site and probed them by hand, to document the history of the site.
Note that there will be archaeological monitoring in certain areas during the construction excavation work.
Transplanting of 23 crabapple trees
In December 2018, B. G. Transplantation Inc. was hired by the School to transplant the 23 crabapple trees that were on the site.
To protect and save them, the trees will be temporarily relocated to a site outside Montréal, and replanted here once the construction work is completed, in 2021.
|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 (now merged with SNC-Lavalin)|
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.