April 1, 2016

Durabilys: a successful evening for Pageau Morel


International Civil Aviation Organization Headquarters

Desjardins Securities

The first annual Durabilys Gala, presented by the Canada Green Building Council – Québec, was held on March 23. Pageau Morel received two awards during this ceremony. The International Civil Aviation Organization Headquarters (ICAO), first Canadian building to be certified LEED-EB, was awarded first place in the LEED for Existing Building category, and in the LEED Interior Design category, the award was attributed to the fit-up of offices for Desjardins Securities in the Windsor heritage building. The Durabilys Awards were created to reward the exceptional performance of players in sustainable building industries.

Pageau Morel was also involved in the fundamental and enhanced commissioning of the Centre for Sustainable Development, which won first place in the LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation category. Furthermore, the construction of new offices for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), designed by Pageau Morel for the mechanical and electrical portion, was a finalist in this same category.

“Pageau Morel is proud to have participated in these winning projects and congratulates all the stakeholders and partners of these success stories who, through their contributions, have allowed such projects to become models of sustainable development,” explained Nicolas Lemire, principal and president of Pageau Morel. “The strength of a team lies with all its partners!”

The ICAO Headquarters, built between 1994 and 1996, is a two-building complex with an area of 40,000 m². The first has a height of sixteen floors and houses the offices of the Secretary and delegations to ICAO. The second building consists of a five-storey conference centre and commercial-grade printing facility. The LEED Existing Building certified project led to a waste volume reduction of 70% and energy savings amounting to 1,600,000 kWh/year (16%), and to 107,000 m³ of natural gas per year (19%).

Wishing to expand its presence in the Greater Montreal area, Desjardins Securities initiated a retrofit project in 2005 in the Windsor heritage building to bring together all of its employees. The original construction of the historic 9-storey 23,200 m2 building dates back to 1978. The project team made sure to optimize all components of the building and to meet the high sustainable development goals. The Desjardins project was one of the first certified LEED Commercial Interiors in Quebec.

The Centre for Sustainable Development is a new building using the best technologies for energy efficiency, water consumption, reduction of construction waste, and quality of indoor environment. Built using reused, recycled and locally-sourced materials, the 5-storey building is covered by a green roof, uses geothermal wells, and has an indoor living wall that acts as a natural air filter. The Centre for Sustainable Development was awarded the LEED New Construction Platinum certification, the highest in the internationally-recognized LEED certification system.

The new GSK office building is an innovative 3,200 m², high-energy efficient building. Pageau Morel was able to remarkably integrate many state-of-the-art technologies in an avant-garde wooden structure, complete with an atrium. This project was certified LEED New Construction Gold and outperformed by 52 % versus a comparable building.

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