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HEC Montréal wins an award for its pilot project

Planning office space in its downtown building

June 13, 2019

The pilot project support team

The HEC Montréal Campus Development Department received a national Quality and Productivity Award at the opening of the annual general meeting of the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO), in Halifax on June 10. The School was recognized for its pilot project to plan work spaces for its future downtown building, slated to open in 2021.

With this award CAUBO said that it was recognizing the School as a driver of excellence in space management.

Consulting employees when planning its downtown building

In 2016, the School set up a 525 m2 prototype space in its Côte-Sainte-Catherine building, so that it could be tested by community members. The new work environment reflects the design choices proposed by the School for its downtown building. Based on an open-plan concept and innovative technologies, it includes a multipurpose room, meeting rooms and collaborative spaces, all with cutting-edge equipment and furniture.

Since September 2016, over 200 employees and students have taken turns trying out this new environment, and have been encouraged to give their feedback, both positive and negative, on the experience.

“The new downtown infrastructure will be a major change for employees, as compared with the existing facilities. Since this is a huge project involving substantial resources, it would have been unwise not to carry out this pilot project. It’s a small investment that promises big returns,” explained Loretta Cianci, Director, Campus Development.

Note that several teams, including the Information Technologies and Organizational Development and Change Management departments, all collaborated with the Campus Development Department on the pilot project.