Two projects carried out by Pasquin St-Jean, a subsidiary of Roche Ltd, Consulting Group, recently won awards: one from the Institut d’Acier d’Armature du Québec (IAAQ) and the other from Cecobois.

Pasquin St-Jean, a subsidiary of Roche Ltd, Consulting Group, was awarded a trophy during the Institut de l’acier d’armature du Québec (IAAQ)’s awards of excellence in steel construction gala, held in Montréal on May 29, 2013. The winning project was the “Maison du développement durable (sustainable development house), Équiterre building”, in the “panel favourite” category. Pasquin St-Jean was also presented with an award during the third edition of Cecobois’ awards of excellence gala, held at the Théâtre du Capitole de Québec on May 30, 2013. The winning project was the “AGF Group (Montérégie) head office”, in the “commercial building over 1 000 m2” category.

The Maison du développement durable is a model 5-story commercial building in the heart of Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles. While a major challenge, Pasquin St-Jean was able to ingeniously harmonize the structural elements with economic efficiency, social equity and environmental integrity in order to obtain LEED certification. “The technical design also presented its own set of challenges. We had to reconcile the architectural needs for space and clearance, the mechanical imperatives of the entire energy recovery system, the seismic resistance considerations, the site’s constraints and the budget”, said Normand Leboeuf, project engineer at Pasquin St-Jean. With this project, Équiterre has created a sustainable construction design model, having received LEED NC Platinum certification for the building, the highest certification given by the Canada Green Building Council.

The AGF Group head office project involved renovating two existing buildings and designing a new structure to connect the buildings, made of cross-laminated wood panels. The project demonstrates the full potential of the panels as structural components, both vertically and horizontally, to resist gravity loads and lateral loads. The exposed wood panels and the use of glass in the facade resulted in a very pleasant workspace with an abundance of natural light. This type of construction, a first in eastern North America, demonstrates wood’s potential in our market.

Pasquin St-Jean, subsidiary of Roche Ltd, Consulting Group has once again managed to stand out, thanks to its creative team and innovative projects. Congratulations!