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University of Québec in Montreal (UQAM) - Pierre-Dansereau Sciences Complex

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Created in 1968, Université du Québec is Canada's largest network of universities. Its nine establishments in 54 Quebec municipalities comprise some 6,000 teaching personnel and 87,000 students. This UQAM project at the Pierre-Dansereau campus in the heart of downtown Montreal involved the construction of three new facilities, among them a student residence, and the renovation of four historic buildings. Certified for Silver LEED in 2007, the project included the following elements.

The Biological Sciences Pavilion

This nine-storey, 31,000-m2 building's first five floors provide 10,500 m2 for spin-off teaching and research laboratories, including a 735-m2 vivarium. The top four floors offer rental space (60% laboratories and 40% offices). The 15,500-m2, two-level underground parking garage has space for 450 vehicles. The 10,000-m2 site was fully landscaped after the work was completed. Pomerleau's mandate also included supplying the equipment for the vivarium.

Coeur des Sciences

This portion of the project involved the selective demolition of some existing buildings with no historical value and the restoration of four important historical buildings, the Sherbrooke Pavilion, the Kimberley Pavilion, the boiler house and the old forge. Most of the work took place in buildings that were occupied or contiguous to occupied buildings.

Student Residence

Eight stories, 15,900 m2, with living space for 500.

Institutional Pavilion

A 9,200-m2, five-storey building housing TÉLUQ's Montreal facilities and multi-purpose rooms.

Silver LEED Certification

Since the beginning of the project, UQAM had announced its objective to integrate as many LEED criteria as possible, all in keeping with budgetary constraints. The construction project team included three LEED-accredited professionals. These were the main criteria for LEED accreditation as defined by the team:

  • Rainwater is collected. It receives a primary treatment and is fed to all toilets in the pavilion. This element of the project will lead to a substantial reduction in water consumption, a minimum of 30%, which will lead in turn lead to a reduction in the quantity of water requiring downstream treatment in the filtration plant.
  • The pavilion is directly accessible from the Place-des-Arts metro station, which promotes the use of public transportation.
  • Bicycle racks have been installed on the grounds immediately around the pavilion, in addition to those already in place at the Complex des sciences. Moreover, showers have been installed in the pavilion for those who will use the bicycle as a their mode of transport.
  • The design of the building optimizes interior air quality, the envelope's energy performance as well as the air treatment systems. It should be noted that air conditioning systems do not use ozone-damaging chloridofluoridocarbon.
  • The supplier responsible for waste collection during the construction ensured that wood and paper were recycled.
  • The carpets installed in the pavilion were made from recycled material, according to LEED standards.
  • The pavilion's interior gardens were composed of indigenous plants that do not require much water.

Other characteristics

  • Construction of underground passageways linking the Biological Sciences Pavilion to existing buildings.
  • Contaminated soils and asbestos were removed, handled and disposed of in accordance with all occupational safety and environmental regulations.
  • UQAM took possession of some of the new construction before the project was completed.
  • Construction Management was undergone in occupied premises.
  • Work breakdown structure and landscaping.
Type of project :
Educational, Research
Type of contract mode :
Construction management
school, university, research, renovation, operational building, leed
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Type of service :
Sustainable construction, Health and safety, Insurance
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Similar projects :
  • University of Montreal and École Polytechnique, J.-Armand-Bombardier Pavilion
  • Université de Montréal, Jean-Coutu and Marcelle-Coutu Pavilions
  • Concordia University - Integrated Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Complex, Phases 3 & 4
  • University of Ottawa - Desmarais Building
  • McGill University - Life Sciences Complex
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Printed on: October 22, 2016