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.
Circulation within the project occurs under a faceted copper-coloured ceiling, which spans the whole length of the building and provides unimpeded access to the hotel, restaurant, spa and convention centre. Despite accommodating two separate clients and functions, the interior promenade effectively turns two projects into one. 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.
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.
Photos: Alex St-Jean