Normand Maurice Building
Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)
Square Footage: 169,000
LEED-NC Gold Certified
The objective of this project was to build a new multi-client Government of Canada building on the site as part of the PWGSC's regional investment strategy. The combined occupied space requirements of the tenants were estimated to be 169,000 square feet of warehouse and office space. The new Normand Maurice Building meets the armoury housing and storage requirements of the Donnacona Naval Reserve of the Department of National Defence (DND), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) and the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) as well as providing 210,000 square feet of shared parking space.
The St. Henri district of Montreal has been undergoing revitalization for some time. The new armoury provides an activity hub and visible federal government presence in the neighbourhood. We partnered with ABCP Architecture & Urbanisme and Beauchamp-Bourbeau Architectes for this project and focused the design on providing maximum flexibility in the immediate and future use of the space. A building grid with column spacing, fenestration and service runs suited to the most flexible interior space arrangements was used. The character, massing, scale and materials of this project were all designed to be simple, yet high quality and compatible with the surrounding context.
The project uses the most sustainable building methods possible. Special attention was paid to the recovery of construction materials and energy conservation. Approximately 50% to 95% of waste in the project was recycled, reduced or reused. Following the demolition phase, some parts of the existing buildings were left intact and integrated into the new complex. Operating costs of the facility are kept as low as possible by strict adherence to energy conservation principles.