Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

HEC Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Exemplary design categories: library/media/resource centre, technology rich

How the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
With its majestic façade, state-of-the-art technology, dynamic learning environment and commitment to low impact construction, HEC Montréal is a role model for educational facilities worldwide. The distinctive modern columns at the main entrance to HEC express the commitment and determination to provide the highest quality education inside. The library, bathed in natural light through great windows and open spaces, is an active and dynamic learning space, an environment designed to be conducive to study and research. It is also the largest library of its kind in Canada and is regarded as one of the most important bilingual management libraries in the world.

HEC Montréal is recognised as one of the best networks in North America. More than 420 km of copper cables and fibre optics line the building walls, and 10 000 network connections are scattered throughout the classrooms, library, work rooms and common areas, that allow the use of portable computers and Internet access from virtually anywhere in the building. The classrooms are equipped with network connections at each student and teacher station, and there are six computer laboratories, one of which is accessible around the clock, seven days a week. Exceptional technology supports the HEC trading room, one of the largest and best equipped in the university world. A trading environment with simulations for teaching and training purposes are organised and made possible through the exceptional technological applications.

Involvement of users and the local community in the planning and design process:
THe architects consulted with different departments about the current and future administrative and pedagogical needs. Teachers were also consulted to identify expectations against plans for new classrooms and offices. A classroom type was constructed to evaluate its functionality. During the semester, feedback from students and teachers using the space helped to shape the plans for all new classrooms.

Activity Areas: 72 classrooms (4 047 seats - each station is equipped with an electrical outlet and a computer network connection (high speed internet); 55 meeting rooms or studies (671 seats); a 292-seat amphitheatre; a 5 000m2 library (621 seats); a trading room supplying financial data in near real time (24 workstations); 6 computer labs, including a lab available 24/7; 31 local student associations rooms; 2 rooms for student groups; a video production studio; production control and editing room (audio visual); aA central control for audio visual (for broadcast); library (2347 Film and Video); 5 viewing rooms; Graphic Workshop; Copy Centre; Control Center and a satellite center and security (the security system is equipped with switchers, monitors, recorders and a hundred cameras); a first aid room in each building; various workshops for the repair and maintenance of equipment and facilities (i.e. audio-visual, computer, mechanics, plumbing, electric, ventilation, carpentry, painting, housekeeping); library; computer store; care (for children of staff and students) can accommodate 50 children; dining room with a capacity of 120 seats; cafeteria that can accommodate over 500 people; parking for 500 cars.

Project costs: CDN 140,000,000.00

Source: 3rd CELE Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities (2006)

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“Never before in Canada has an organisation, a company or a municipality gone as far as HEC Montréal to preserve a wooded area surrounding a building. The school is nothing less than a leader in this field.”
Luc Nadeau, a forestry engineer at Foreso Inc., an engineering firm whose chief specialisation is trees in urban settings

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