Project information

Size of project:       On a large number of 41 800 m², the building has a two-storey garage with 136 parking spaces and seven floors of offices and classrooms. The total area of the building is 23 015 m².
         
Location:        Ottawa 
         
Duration of construction:        65 days
         
Owner:       University of Ottawa
         
Architect:         Moriyama & Teshima Architects
         
Engineer:         Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Limited
         
Contractor:         Pomerleau
         
Prefabricated components:        462 sandwich panels of 52,000 square feet

Size of project:       On a large number of 41 800 m², the building has a two-storey garage with 136 parking spaces and seven floors of offices and classrooms. The total area of the building is 23 015 m².
         
Location:        Ottawa 
         
Duration of construction:        65 days
         
Owner:       University of Ottawa
         
Architect:         Moriyama & Teshima Architects
         
Engineer:         Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Limited
         
Contractor:         Pomerleau
         
Prefabricated components:        462 sandwich panels of 52,000 square feet

DESCRIPTION

This extraordinary 12-storey structure provides the University of Ottawa with space for the conference rooms, classrooms, offices and student meeting rooms. The Faculty of Social Sciences and the School of Management, including the new School of Political Studies, is known as the Desmarais Pavilion as a tribute to the contributions of Paul G. Desmarais and his family.

A precast concrete cladding with limestone accents was chosen to evoke other limestone buildings on the campus.

This extraordinary 12-storey structure provides the University of Ottawa with space for the conference rooms, classrooms, offices and student meeting rooms. The Faculty of Social Sciences and the School of Management, including the new School of Political Studies, is known as the Desmarais Pavilion as a tribute to the contributions of Paul G. Desmarais and his family.

A precast concrete cladding with limestone accents was chosen to evoke other limestone buildings on the campus.

"The architectural precast was the ideal choice for the new Desmarais building at the University of Ottawa," said Jason Moriyama. "The material gave the project a sense of mass and presence in the busy urban context, being sensitive to the color palette and materials of neighboring historic buildings. The prefabricated panels were an economical and efficient choice to be installed on a construction site surrounded by two main streets and along the transit route of OC Transpo. "

The prefabricated panels were designed as non-composite sandwich walls, with a thickness of 290 mm, with a rigid insulation of 90 mm for a total R-value of 21. The logistics for erecting the panels for the project was very difficult because the construction site had large volumes of traffic of all kinds.

"The architectural precast was the ideal choice for the new Desmarais building at the University of Ottawa," said Jason Moriyama. "The material gave the project a sense of mass and presence in the busy urban context, being sensitive to the color palette and materials of neighboring historic buildings. The prefabricated panels were an economical and efficient choice to be installed on a construction site surrounded by two main streets and along the transit route of OC Transpo. "

The prefabricated panels were designed as non-composite sandwich walls, with a thickness of 290 mm, with a rigid insulation of 90 mm for a total R-value of 21. The logistics for erecting the panels for the project was very difficult because the construction site had large volumes of traffic of all kinds.

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