Édifice Jean-Bernard

Client : Groupe Accueil International Year : 2005 Budget : 7.5 M$ Area : 6 450 square meters Location : Mont-Royal, QC

Transformation of a shopping centre into an office building and clinics dedicated to the paramedical sector

Awards and Honours

2006 - Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) Green Buildings Excellence Award

The construction solution uses a telescopic lifting system of the existing structure that allows a new floor to be inserted inside the raised volume. This technique made it possible to recover the roof and structural materials.

In 2004, Groupe Accueil International planned to transform a mostly vacant shopping centre, located on Beaumont Avenue in the Town of Mount Royal, into a centre for health professionals and other health services.
The existing steel structure was re-used and raised to allow for another storey to be inserted on the existing foundations. Architecturally, the main challenge was to redefine the image of the building and to connect it with the adjacent buildings thereby creating a cohesive whole. The envelope was re-clad with concrete panels and acrylic coating with bands of windows and curtain wall.

The strategic placement of the service spaces and exit stairs, allowing for several different configurations of future tenant layouts, ensured maximum flexibility and prioritized the design of the building's main façade and its visibility from the street.
Photo credits : Michel Brunelle
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