The Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault, energy efficient thanks to The S.M. Group International Inc.

The new Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault, dedicated to all disciplines of performing arts, will offer a brand new experience and optimal conditions for performers and public alike, thanks in part to the innovative energy-efficiency strategies proposed by SMi Enerpro, the energy-saving division The S.M. Group International Inc.

Named after one of the greatest ambassadors of francophone song, the new Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault will occupy a prominent place in the Laurentians because of its superior quality and status as the largest theatre in the region. Located near the Place de la Gare in Saint-Jérôme, this 860-seat theatre also has a mezzanine and a balcony. In addition, its vast stage enables the presentation of large-scale shows, such as musicals, circuses and symphonic productions, as well as smaller productions.

SMi Enerpro’s team of specialists have been mandated to provide professional services in electrical mechanical engineering for the Jodoin Lamarre Pratt and Atelier Tag consortium. SMi Enerpro’s energy solutions combined proven mechanical and innovative energy-efficient strategies. This combination makes it possible to carry out a project that respects the sustainable development approach (LEED) as well as significantly reduce their energy bill and all within the allocated budget.

The mechanical systems proposed by SMi Enerpro’s team of specialists were designed not only meet the specific needs of a theatre, but also improve energy performance, equipment durability, employee and spectator comfort and acoustical performance. The general principle was to redistribute and conserve energy by transferring it from one system to another instead of being discarded and re-produced as well as conserve energy in order for it to be reused and redistributed when it is needed.

One of the special features of the project is the installation of 16 geothermal wells 500 feet below the parking lot. These wells act as energy reservoirs that absorb energy during the summer and release it in winter. This system of heat and energy distribution allows performers, as well as public, to enjoy their experience in ideal conditions no matter what time of year it is.

The Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault is an example of how SMi Enerpro’s energy solutions not only improve user comfort, but also achieve significant energy savings while respecting the sustainable development approach.

The general principle was to redistribute and conserve energy by transferring it from one system to another instead of being discarded and re-produced.