30 000 000 $
The Jean-Grou complex was built in response to the rapid growth of Riviere-des-Prairies during the mid-1980s. DMA was awarded the mandate after winning a competition that was jointly sponsored by the City of Montreal and the Montreal Catholic School Board. DMA designed a modern, 1200 student secondary school with several subsidiary projects that were subsequently added to the mandate: a gymnasium, a library and finally an aquatic centre. The complex and its architectural expression resonated with the adjacent residential neighbourhood. Modulated along the neighbouring urban grid, the integration into the topography of the site, the preservation of the natural vegetation and the choice of materials, stone, brick, and glass created an architectural dialogue with the suburban environment. Inaugurated in 1990, the aquatic centre was the first in Quebec to have an innovative multi-functional program that included a swimming pool, a diving pool that met the FINA standards, as well as installations for family swimming activities with a particular focus on children and people with reduced mobility.