State-of-the-art Maison de Radio-Canada building
September 3, 2019 | By HPAC Magazine
Johnson Controls is working with Broccolini Construction and Broccolini Investments, through its subsidiary, La Société en Commandite La Nouvelle Maison, to create a new, high-tech Maison de Radio-Canada building in Montreal that will house the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)/Radio-Canada. Through a long-term lease, the new building will help meet the CBC/Radio-Canada’s needs in today’s digital and media environment.
“The new Maison de Radio-Canada will not only be aesthetically pleasing, but will improve the future of broadcasting in Montreal with the largest broadcasting datacentre in Canada, including benefits such as more predictable operating costs” said Roger Plamondon, president, real estate development and acquisitions of Broccolini.
The 418,000 square foot headquarters is expected to improve collaboration, innovation, productivity and safety through new critical equipment, systems and infrastructure. It will also meet strict environmental and sustainable development standards, boasting green spaces and rooftops, along with water and energy management.
In addition to providing many technologies and solutions for the building, Johnson Controls will provide lifecycle services to the CBC/Radio-Canada for a guaranteed fixed cost to La Société en Commandite La Nouvelle Maison for the next 30 years.
“Broadcasting is the true mission of the CBC/Radio-Canada, but they were constantly sidetracked by daily building operation and management tasks in their former, outdated building,” said R. Paul Tawfik, MBA, director, business development, Johnson Controls. “Johnson Controls and Broccolini are creating a more productive, enhanced environment for everyone who steps foot in this new building and reduce its total cost of ownership.
Construction on the project is set to be completed by late this year, with a move-in date of early 2020.
When move-in is completed Groupe Mach Inc. will begin work on the revitalization of the old Radio-Canada site located at the foot of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge.
The revitalization of the block currently occupied by Radio-Canada calls for mixed-use development, including social and community housing, affordable housing, and green spaces. The Groupe Mach proposal also favours reconnecting certain streets to promote greater integration with the rest of the neighbourhood. The Radio-Canada tower will be preserved under the plan, but converted for new use.
Click here to see photos of archeological inventory work done on the site of the new Maison de Radio-Canada, including the walls of a former Dominion Metal Works furnace.