Terri Meyer Boake BES BArch MArch LEED AP
Associate Professor :: Associate Director :: School of Architecture :: University of Waterloo


Palais des Congrès de Montréal

Montréal, Quebec


Project Information:

The expansion project was designed by Tétreault, Parent, Languedoc and Associates, Saia and Barbarese Architects and the architects Dupuis, Dubuc and Associates(Ædifica). The Société immobilière du Québec (SIQ) was mandated by the Québec government to adopt the role of principal contractor on the project. Since the expansion of the PCM uses a turnkey approach to construction and design, a contract was signed between the SIQ and the Gespro-BFC-Divco (GBD) consortium, the design and construction firm. 

Principal Owner: Palais des congrès de Montréal

Main Contractor: La Société immobilière du Québec (real estate management agency)

Design-Construction: Gespro-BFC-Divco (Consortium Gespro SST inc.-Construction BFC Foundation Ltée-Divco Limitée)

Architecture: Les architectes Tétreault, Parent, Languedoc et associés, Saia et Barbese, Ædifica
Independent Architectural Consultant and Co-designer: Hal Ingberg, Architecte

Engineering: Pageau, Morel et associés, Dessau-Soprin, Groupe conseil Génivar inc.

For further information about the Palais, please visit: http://www.congresmtl.com/
Text based description, Hal Ingberg, author: pdf


Project Images:

Front elevation, facing the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement.
Side elevation (existing Palais structure to the left of the yellow glazing).

View up the front wall towards the steel trusses that support the ceiling.View along interior glazed wall.
The multi coloured glass wall creates a patten on the steel framing which is painted grey.

Detail of tension connection used to provide lateral stability to the front wall of the building.
Detail of expansion control joint running through both the steel and curtain wall system along the front of the building.
Looking through the HSS box truss at the roof level of the building. The stainless steel X bracing connector can be seen on the right.
The side elevation uses clear glazing. The true colour of the exposed steel structure can be clearly seen.
The steel stair takes visitors from the main entry level up to additional public spaces in the foyer of the building.
Exposed steel framing "bathed" in colour!
The sun through the south facing glass makes geometric coloured patterns on the flooring.
The reflective surface that covers the core creates a visionary feel to the space.
A view down the main entry stair to the foyer below.
A view up into the HSS steel structure.
The steel trusses in this section are comprised of WF members.
A close up detail showing the nature of the HSS truss to WF column connection.
The facade of the building along Rue Viger uses "clear" glazing that exposes the true colour of the steel structure.
The pedestrian spaces outside of the conference halls overlook a multi height space that accommodates the escalators.
The steel structure is left exposed. Click for a closer view.
Here we see a column splice. Evident from the texture of the painted finish, an intumescent coating has been used for fire rating the steel.
This steel hanger system is used to support the extremely long escalator at mid height. Click for a detailed view.
The view down the escalator.


These images are for educational use only and may not be reproduced commercially without written permission. tboake@sympatico.ca

Updated February 10, 2007