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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

780 Brewster in Montréal, Canada by Lemay associés

December 4th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Lemay associés

Erected at the beginning of the XXth century, 780 Brewster is a five-storey multi-tenant industrial building with a total surface area of 12,000 m². This brick and timber building was transformed into an office building housing, among others, the City of Montréal’s Southwest Borough Hall as well as our firm’s offices.

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  • Architects: Lemay associés
  • Project: 780 Brewster
  • Location: 780, av. Brewster, Montréal (Québec)
  • Client Name: Groupe Mach
  • Project Team: Louis T. Lemay, Partner in Charge; André Cardinal, Architect, Senior Partner – Project Manager; Pierre E. Leclerc, Senior Architect, LEED AP; Sandra Neill, Associate Designer; Chantal Ladrie, Designer; Marie-Élaine Globensky, Graphic Design And Signage
  • General Contractor: Construction TEQ inc.
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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  • Engineers: Bouthillette Parizeau & Associés (electro-mechanical engineering) and les Consultants Gemec inc. (civil/structural engineering)
  • Sustainable Development: Lyse M. Tremblay, architect, LEED AP
  • Area: 12,000 m²
  • Construction Cost: $12M
  • Project Delivery Date: February 2007
  • Photographer: Claude-Simon Langlois


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Completed according to a “fast track” schedule, the structure meets the most rigorous sustainable development standards and is certified LEED Silver. The main features of this innovative green project are:

•    The reclamation of 75 % of an industrial heritage building’s structure (existing walls, floors et roofs);
•    Air conditioning and ventilation systems offering an energy efficiency rate that is 50 % greater than traditional new buildings;
•    Large windows that open, allowing occupants to benefit from natural light and ventilation;
•    The reuse of nearly 80 % of materials such as the metal plates and grillwork adorning the reception areas;
•    The use of new materials (adhesives, paints, carpeting, composites, plaster) and furnishings that contain recycled materials, are recyclable, non-toxic and emit no volatile organic compound;
•    Building located near a metro station and bus stops and equipped with a secured bicycle hangar and locker rooms, allowing users to take advantage of alternate means of transportation;
•    The recovery of recyclable and compostable materials;
•    Plumbing fixtures offering a 30 % reduction in water consumption;
•    Landscaping that does not require irrigation.

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In addition to LEED NC-Silver certification, 780 Brewster garnered the following awards:

•    Énergia Award, Existing Building – Other Sectors (10,000 m² +) Category, Association québécoise pour la maîtrise de l’énergie | 2009
•    Intérieurs | Ferdie Award, Sustainable Development Category | 2009
•    Finalist, Award of Excellence in Architecture, Category: Recycling and Conversion,
•    Quebec Order of Architects | 2009
•    Finalist, Urban Development Institute of Quebec’s Real Estate Awards of Excellence | 2007

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Our Vision
To be the leading Quebec firm, with international outreach, in the integrated design of the built environment through a distinctive creative approach which meets the strategic needs of our clients.

Our Mission
To design, in a stimulating and congenial working environment, life spaces which promote the client’s identity, improve the quality of life of users and enhance community impact by optimizing the use of resources and minimizing the ecological footprint.

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Our Corporate Values
In order to apply our vision and mission, the values we strive to promote are:
•    Teamwork
•    Creativity
•    Respect for the environment
•    Excellence

Our History
Established in 1957 and boasting over 50 years of success, Lemay is one of the largest integrated design firms in the country, with offices in Montréal and Québec, as well as in Algeria and Costa Rica. Backed by its team of multidisciplinary designers, the firm offers a vast range of creative services in architecture, urban design, interior design and graphic design.

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Lemay distinguishes itself from its competitors with distinctive, original and memorable projects of all scales and complexities. The fruit of collective knowledge supported by a half-century of experience, these projects are also the result of the firm’s unique creative approach. This driving force is animated by a constant search for excellence and a firm volition to innovate and question conventional practices, particularly those pertaining to the environment. A true partner to its clients, Lemay offers a memorable service experience founded on a synergy of expertise, teamwork and the talent of its multidisciplinary creators.

Lemay aims to create sustainable added value for its clients, their users and the community, while promoting the efficient use of natural resources and minimizing the ecological footprints of its projects in every facet, from the design and construction phases through to commissioning.

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