Opened at the beginning of the 1960s and closed since 1985, the Percé establishment figured among the five projects that aimed at countering the shortage of detention centres. For its reopening, the Société immobilière du Québec (SIQ) chose Pomerleau to perform a series of works.
Pomerleau first had to reconfigure the existing space in order to house the following services:
- 3 12-place lodging units (18 double cells);
- 1 unit made up of 6 single cells;
- 2 cellular confinement spaces;
- a health care section, including 2 observation cells;
- visit area;
- socio-cultural, training, and evaluation activities; and
- sports and leisure services
Pomerleau also had to refit the area reassigned by the Department of Justice to accommodate the following services:
- a health care section; and
- food services.
Finally, the team had to refit the space reassigned by the Sécurité publique du Québec (SQ) to incorporate another health care section and redesign the SQ quarters.
The prison work had to be carried out in an occupied environment and had to remain operational for defendants and detainees with upcoming court appearances. As such, temporary accommodations and relocations had to be arranged.