La Société des casinos du Québec, a subsidiary of Loto-Québec, has been operating the Montreal Casino since 1993. Located on Notre-Dame Island, the building was originally designed for the 1967 World's Fair, Expo ‘67, and has been the subject of substantial work over the years.
After the decision was made not to move the Casino from its present site but to upgrade the facility, Pomerleau was awarded the construction management mandate. This mandate covers Type A projects (major renovations), Type B projects (asset maintenance) and Type C projects (functional renovations).
The work itself is being carefully phased according to what areas will be available when and performed in fast-track mode to minimize the time they are out of service. It is essential that the Casino's operations and current activities, which include shows in the dinner-theatre, continue undisturbed and security systems remain intact.
In the pre-construction phase, Pomerleau's Construction Management team, is committed to work proactively to:
- prepare and implement the logistics and provisioning plan so that the work will have the least possible impact of the Casino's current operations;
- analyze the structural and architectural links between the new sections and the existing building;
- select the most appropriate construction methods to keep noise and dust to the absolute minimum;
- break down the renovation work in the existing building and prepare the detailed phasing plan, including an assessment of the temporary architectural and mechanical installations that will be required;
- install the temporary barriers to protect existing areas from being affected by dust, etc.
This megaproject is being carried out over a 60-month period ending in the fall of 2012.