Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

HEC Montréal, Decelles Building, Montréal, Canada

Exemplary design categories: comfort, flexible learning settings, furniture, technology rich

How the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
HEC Montreal is composed of two buildings: Decelles and Côte-Sainte-Catherine. This project involved reconfiguring two floors of the Decelles Building to provide user-friendly, cutting-edge learning environments. The principle challenge of the project was to open up a building dating from 1970 (nicknamed “the Bunker”) and bring in daylight. Existing classrooms were unsuitable for teaching and too small. The objective was thus to provide spaces for fostering discussions, knowledge sharing and teamwork. HEC Montréal has a team to help staff make the most of these environments.

Pressured by the new generation of teachers and TechGen Y, the new facilities supported a shift from multimedia to hypermedia: wiki, blogs, forums, social web, clouding, etc; and from PowerPoint to “PowerMedia”. Each classroom has a mobile wireless desk with PC and interactive tablet; a second mobile height-adjustable desk; sliding whiteboards and huddleboards; a built-in 70” interactive LCD panel; 2 ceiling-mounted projectors (HD format); a document camera; 3 large LCD screens around the room; a touch screen for aiming projections; 7 input sources for connection with different equipment; fibre-optic link between all classrooms and the audiovisual control room; 8 lighting styles; flip top tables on casters; and electrical outlets for each seat.

The project combines the best features of collaborative and social networking platforms, creating a central control room handling all signals in classrooms, recording and/or redirecting them to all other classrooms as necessary. Lighting, acoustic and ergonomic parameters were updated, and mobile and stackable furniture was installed.

Involvement of users and the local community in the planning and design process:
A high-tech environment serving as a “sandbox” for teaching innovation was created in 2007. Teaching staff and students were then consulted to come up with specifications for an ideal classroom. Specifications were prepared starting in 2008, and the project was completed in 2011.

Activity Areas: Common areas, 27 classrooms, 37 study rooms, 2 computer labs, an amphitheatre and an international competition and debating practice room

Project costs: CDN 33,000,000.00

Source: Submitted to OECD in 2012

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