Desjardins headquarters, Caisse de l'Ouest de la Mauricie

Louiseville

Winning Project

Quebec (Cecobois)

  • Photo : Alain Laforest
  • Photo : Alain Laforest
  • Photo : Alain Laforest
  • Photo : Alain Laforest
  • Photo : Alain Laforest
  • Photo : Alain Laforest
  • Photo : Alain Laforest

The ground floor of this more-than-4,000-m2 project, completed on behalf of a major financial institution in downtown Louiseville, houses all the members services and service areas, as well as a spacious multi-purpose room. The upper storeys are home to open office areas, conference rooms and meeting rooms. The building is seeking to achieve LEED Gold certification – meaning that the construction and operation of this structure must produce as little impact as possible for future generations.

The exposed glulam structure boasts a number of savvy details, including hidden joints. The decision was made to use glulam beams topped with steel elements, with the wood bearing the loads of the long spans and cantilevers, and the steel serving to counter deflection. In the middle of the building rises the main stairway made of cross-laminated timber (Spruce-Pine), a structure that blends well with the rest of the design. The abundant use of wood also represents a solution for minimizing the weight of the building, which has been sited on clayey soil.

The grey shade of the eastern white cedar exterior siding recalls the cladding of the church next door, thus offering continuity with the immediate setting and showcasing a local material.

The value of the glulam structural elements and the wood roof trusses is $2M. The value of the cedar exterior siding is $500,000, while the combined value of the aspen ceiling, yellow birch doors and windows and CLT stairs is approximately $170,000. 

Winning Project Quebec (Cecobois)

  • Commercial project over 1000 M2

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