The complex, built to reflect the local character of the Montérégie Region, renewed business tourism and drew on the innovative spirit of the city. With 63 000 ft2 of exposition space, this is the largest convention center outside of a metropolitan area in Quebec.
The choice of copper for the ceiling colour is an homage to the Casavant Frères pipe organ factory, local artisans that have been in business for generations.
The faceted ceiling spans the whole length of the building and provides unimpeded access to the hotel, restaurant and convention centre.
Despite accommodating two separate functions, the interior promenade effectively turns two projects into one.
A sky bridge also connects the convention center to the adjacent shopping mall. Uniting the three programs means visitors can travel between each space comfortably throughout all seasons.
The convention center is nestled under a massive green roof, evoking the rich agricultural lands at the heart of the region’s economy. This roof helps filter air pollutants, sequester carbon emissions, and limit storm water run-off.
The building is also powered by biogas, a renewable energy source derived from local waste.
Photo credit : Alex St-Jean and Adrien Williams