As part of the huge Technopole Montréal project, the Université de Montréal and the École Polytechnique joined together to construct the J.-Armand-Bombardier Pavilion with an approximate area of 18,600 m² dedicated to innovation and research. This ultramodern building includes an underground parking facility with 200 parking spaces and houses state-of-the-art equipment.
The five-storey building is primarily dedicated to biotechnology, pharmacology, aeronautics and aerospace, nanotechnology, polymer technologies, and the biomedical field, creating a scientific and technological centre of international calibre for the fields of sciences and engineering and integrating several health sciences disciplines. The Pavilion provides facilities for 700 professors, researchers, graduate students and professionals.
The heart of the building (75% of the total area) is composed of a block of research laboratories and the Maison des technologies de l'information et des communications (Centre For Information And Communications Technologies). It is surrounded by offices, meeting rooms, seminar rooms and areas for informal encounters and exchanges.
The building also includes space for exploring possible joint ventures and companies and for the Maison des technologies d'enseignement, a centre for pedagogical technologies. Interior gardens and passageways were planned to provide a top-quality environment and the building itself was designed to blend with its surroundings.
- A special antivibration slab, 24 m long by 10 m wide by 7 m high was installed in the nanotechnologies sector for the extremely high-precision scientific measuring equipment
- 600 m² of class-10,000 and class-100,000 clean rooms
- More than 150 class-100 laboratory hoods (chemistry, biology and laminar)
- Mechanical systems designed to conserve energy
- Air and heating systems automatically adjust when areas are unoccupied
- Lots of natural light helps reduce energy consumption