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.
Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
33 390 m2
Beauchamp et Bourbeau / Busby Perkins + Will / ABCP Architecture
Pageau Morel et Associés
Saïa Deslauriers Kadanoff Lecomte / Brisebois Blais
Certification LEED Or
Construction of the building draws on several sustainable architecture strategies, including:
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.
Energia Award, Green building category, Quebec Energy Efficiency Association
Award of Excellence, Green building category, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction
Contech Trophy, Sustainable Design category