The Montreal Technopole is a 18,000 sq. m. institutional project distributed over five levels bringing together research laboratories affiliated to the École Polytechnique.
The reinforced concrete structure is made up of research laboratories, office space for researchers and 180 parking spots built on two levels in the basement.
The framework of the laboratories is a conventional construction of slabs without beams with large openings in the centre of the floor panels to allow the passage of 165 laboratory hoods.
The office section is separated from the laboratories by a continuous skylight over 5-storey high. This L-shaped slab is linked to the main structure by walkways only.
The nanotechnology laboratory, completely separated from the main building, is built on a concrete block about 6 metres thick sitting on the rock, as a way of mitigating the vibrations from nearby roads.
The construction site is located on a mountain, involving rock excavation and a differential on various finished ground levels. This level difference (+/- 5m) required special studies to transfer these pressures to the foundation walls.