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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.

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.

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:

  • 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.


Preparatory work

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.

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 (now merged with SNC-Lavalin)

Preparatory work

On July 8th, in preparation of the construction of the new HEC Montréal building next to St. Patrick's Basilica, the company MATPEL ébénisterie écologique cut down some trees with the intention of reusing its wood. The logs will be sawed on site to produce planks that will serve to make indoor furniture.

Note that in keeping with its landscaping plan presented to the community in fall 2018, HEC Montréal has already transplanted 23 crabapple trees that were on the site for safekeeping purposes. They have now been relocated to a farmland and will be replanted on the site once the construction work is completed.


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!


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