Montreal Forum Entertainment Complex

1997-2001/Montréal (Québec)/55,000 m2/592,000 ft2

Retrofit

Project description

Reconstruction of all electromechanical systems based on new developments in Montreal’s Forum entertainment centre, the largest of its kind in Canada and the former Forum (Montreal Canadiens hockey centre). The building now includes AMC’s 22 movie theatres (between 125 and 650 seats each, for a total of 4300 seats), which occupy 45 % of the area, and Jillian's, which offers significant space devoted restaurants and entertainment. The complex also houses a branch of SAQ’s Art de vivre and a climbing wall. The center of the building turned into a huge atrium that is surrounded by restaurants and shops whose theme revolves around the world of cinema and hockey.

Challenges and Solutions

  • The building envelope is the only element that has remained intact whereas the entire interior was to be demolished.
  • Services were designed to allow the addition of an office tower at the north-east part of the building.
  • The building is completely air conditioned using rooftop units which prevents noise and vibrations from reaching the audiences.
  • Emergency generator, addressable fire alarm system with required speakers and a security system.
  • New electrical distribution system with individual metering for each tenant. This supplies stage equipment (1000 kW) and exterior signage (500 kW) on the walls and roof.
  • Adequate environmental conditions were kept to ensure visitor comfort thanks to individual controls for each theatre.

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