Address: 21100 chemin Sainte-Marie, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
Completion date: 2009
Building area: 60,000 sq.ft.
Contract: Fixed price
The Canadian headquarters of Schlüter-Systems is a building that includes office space, a showroom, training facilities and a warehouse for finished products. Emphasizing the comfort of the occupants, energy efficiency, flexibility, durability, and ease of maintenance, the design of the building is as much a reflection of the company's philosophy as it is a showcase for their products.
Schlüter-Systems is a German company that specializes in accessories and technical solutions for the installation of floor tiles. Present in North America since 1986, the international company moved its Canadian head office from Saint-Laurent to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, into a brand new environmentally-friendly building. Broccolini's experience with LEED® projects was one of the reasons why the company decided to award it the construction contract.
Schlüter Canada's new head office meets the US Green Building Council's very demanding criteria for the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. Schlüter's project represented a challenge due to its technical complexity and the amount of testing required at each stage in order to ensure that the LEED standards were met.
Occupying a surface area of 60,000 sq.ft., the 3-storey building houses a vast office area of approximately 30,000 sq.ft., as well as a training centre. The building's exterior design prioritizes natural green spaces and minimizes alterations of the surrounding environment. The parking area features an underground section as well as a bicycle storage area.
The exterior envelope consists of granite tiles from Quebec, masonry and metal cladding. The roof is energy efficient and the windows are arranged so as to maximize the admittance of natural light on all four sides of the building. This design allows for maximum warmth in the winter, and shade screens help maintain the coolness in the summer.
The building's interior includes glass partitions, radiant floors and a large atrium in which is installed a vegetation wall to help improve air quality, filter the recycled rainwater which supplies the toilets, and to humidify the entire building. The project also includes 20 geothermal shafts measuring 450 to 500 feet, a complex ventilation system, and solar panels supplying heat for the hot water tanks.
This green project began on November 24th, 2008 and continued through July 2009.
- LEED® Gold Certification
- Bicycle storage area
- 3-storey building
- Rainwater recovery system
- Heat storage wall and ground pipe system
- Use of environmentally-friendly materials