The Montreal Convention and Exhibition Centre has been a major economic player for the Montreal metropolis for the past 30+ years. With 6,000 events and more than 15 million visits to date, the Convention Centre brings a wealth of economic and cultural benefits to Montreal and the province of Quebec.
We participated in the structural design and supervision of the initial construction and expansion of this 1.6 million-square-foot complex. The project also entailed the construction of a 650-space underground parking lot along with a loading and unloading dock to accommodate 18 tractor-trailers; covering of the Ville-Marie Expressway; and construction of over 592,000 square feet of conference and exhibition rooms.
Given that the structure was erected above a depressed highway and in a heavily urbanized environment, we faced a number of technical and quite complex challenges, such as maintaining the underground highway’s structural integrity as well as that of the adjacent metro station, and designing an earthquake-resistant structure.
It was also a priority for us to ensure that activities in progress continued uninterrupted at the Montreal Convention and Exhibition Centre, and that architectural heritage was preserved while the works were taking place.