Normand Maurice Building

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is completing construction of a building to serve various departments, built on the site of a foundry dating from 1851. This building, a prototype “Green Building,” will be one of the first LEED Gold certified buildings in Quebec.

The implementation benefited from decontamination of the site, which necessitated an excavation several feet in depth. Warehouse space has been built underground so as to reduce the impact of the building on the street. The building consists of a masonry base on which a small metal volume is placed to house office space.

Country

Canada

City

Montréal

Client

Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada

Surface Area

33 390 m2

Year

2008

Partners

Beauchamp et Bourbeau / Busby Perkins + Will / ABCP Architecture

Contractor

Decarel inc.

Electromechanics

Pageau Morel et Associés

Structure

Saïa Deslauriers Kadanoff Lecomte / Brisebois Blais

Other Collaborators

Certification LEED Or

Photographer

Marc Cramer

Construction of the building draws on several sustainable architecture strategies, including:

  • thermal control by the addition of brise-soleils;
  • Radiant cooling and heating;
  • thermal reserve;
  • rainwater recovery and toilet refill;
  • collection and treatment of greywater through filtering marshes;
  • Geothermal generator and well;
  • Solar air preheating;
  • displacement ventilation;
  • natural ventilation and natural lighting control.

The building is designed to promote the penetration of natural light and take advantage of solar heating during the winter. The radiant slab heating system uses the thermal mass of the concrete framework. The presence of a large green roof area and a filtering swamp that purifies grey water improves air quality and lowers the ambient temperature.

The southern part of the building is occupied by the Canadian Navy. It consists of two very large open spaces, a hangar and a training gymnasium.

Distinctions

2007

Energia Award, Green building category, Quebec Energy Efficiency Association

2005

Award of Excellence, Green building category, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction

2003

Contech Trophy, Sustainable Design category