The S.M. Group International Inc. is part of the revitalization of a historical cultural sector

The “Carré Saint-Laurent” real estate project developed by the Société de Développement Angus (SDA), promises to become one of the flagship infrastructures in Montreal’s quartier des spectacles. The S.M. Group International Inc., through its SMi Enerpro division, took over the electromechanical design of the first phase of this LEED certification project.

Carré Saint-Laurent, will occupy nine lots at the iconic intersection of Sainte-Catherine and Saint-Laurent streets and is part of the desire to upgrade historic neighbourhoods through the promotion of local merchants and businesses, as well as the creation of multidisciplinary living spaces.

Upon completion in the summer of 2019, three tenants are expected to move into the quartier des spectacles: a gastronomic fair for independent chefs and merchants, 8 floors of government offices, and the Centre d’Histoire de Montréal. The S.M. Group International Inc. has been appointed to do the development work of the museum that will house the Centre d’Histoire de Montréal.

Designed according to the principles of sustainable development and favor the social economy, SDA’s projects also strive to preserve the memory of historic districts by integrating heritage elements into their architecture. Carré Saint-Laurent will include this philosophy by trying to create a symbiosis between the carved stone fronts of pre-existing buildings and the modern concept of the planned building.

In addition to satisfying the requirements of all the parties involved, SMi Enerpro was able to deliver plans and specifications created using the Revit 3D modelling software, which, according to the client, are of remarkable quality.

 

During this mandate, SMi Enerpro’s team was responsible for the design of the building’s plumbing, heating, ventilation, automatic control and electrical systems. The S.M. Group International Inc.’s building mechanics and security teams also participated in the project. With the objective of implementing systems that are easy to maintain, in line with the aesthetics of the building, energy-efficient and generating construction costs that are equivalent to or lower than traditional systems, SMi Enerpro had the added challenge of meeting the specific needs of each of the three tenants.

In order to reduce the energy consumption of the building, SMi Enerpro’s experts have set up a strategy to optimize the mechanical-electrical infrastructure and create a synergy between the various commercial and business spaces. The global approach used for this project is symbolic of the group’s mission: to offer its customers sustainable, innovative and tailor-made solutions.

In addition to satisfying the requirements of all the parties involved, SMi Enerpro was able to deliver plans and specifications created using the Revit 3D modelling software, which, according to the client, are of remarkable quality. The mandate was completed on time and at a cost 30.6% lower than the allocated budget for bids and 13.8% for construction.

Energy optimization techniques used:

  • Recuperation of energy from waste disposal systems, in particular the kitchen hoods of the food fair;
  • LED lighting;
  • Recycling of fresh air from offices, which is then used to ventilate a skylight and is ultimately used as compensating air for the evacuation of the hoods from the food fair;
  • Preheating of domestic water with the heat released by the chillers;
  • Cascading use of chilled water to increase the temperature differential.

Thanks to Carré Saint-Laurent, The S.M. Group International Inc. can reiterate its commitment to the development and revitalization of metropolises through the design of multidisciplinary, energy efficient infrastructure that meet the needs of the communities who use it.