Concordia University
Richard J. Renaud Science Complex

2000-2003/Montréal (Québec)/35,000 m2/377,000 ft2

New construction

Project description

Construction of a science complex housing teaching laboratories (5,000 m²), research laboratories (9,000 m²), animal facilities, a greenhouse, classrooms, common spaces, as well as offices (3,600 m²). Installations mainly house the Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, and Neurology Departments, the Science College and the Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics. An existing building, connected through a passage, was also upgraded during this project.

Challenges and Solutions

  • Flexibility to adapt systems according to their evolution in research programmes.
  • EE4 energy simulations.
  • High efficiency recovery.
  • Optimized natural lighting.
  • Indoor mechanical rooms.
  • High efficiency boilers.
  • Centralized emergency generator.
  • Demolishing and integrating an existing building.
  • Integrating state-of-the-art security and quality measures for a safe and pleasant environment for users.
  • Sophisticated regulation systems that ensure modulation of ventilation and lighting levels according to various occupancy levels (day/night, occupied/unoccupied).
  • Reducing energy consumption by more than 50 %; according to the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings recommendations.


  • ASHRAE Technology Award 2005 | New Institutional Building – First Place (International)
  • AQME's Énergia Awards 2004 | Institutional Building
  • ASHRAE Regional Technology Award 2004

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