In addition to constructing the 2-tower building, one 17 stories for Engineering and Computer Science and the other, 12 stories for Visual Arts, Pomerleau also carried out the interior fit-up for the Visual Arts Department and Recreation Centre.
Both towers have concrete structures topped by mechanical penthouses in steel. The envelopes incorporate granite complemented by zinc cladding and aluminium panels, but are primarily pre-glazed curtain wall, of which there are 12 different kinds. The Visual Arts’ eastern façade incorporates a 600-m2 depiction of a delicate bouquet of greenery, flowers and foliage.
From slab to slab, each floor is almost 4 m in height. The interior features all-glass balustrades, 5 circular staircases rising three floors and 30 other staircases, three of which are architectural. Outside, terraces add the finishing touch.
The towers rest on a 3-level basilar. The second below-ground level houses laboratories and services. Classrooms, fitness centre, laboratories and the link to the subway station are on the first below-ground level and amphitheatres, 3 atria, retail space and services on the ground floor.
The rest of the 75,000-m2 houses administrative offices, classrooms and laboratories.