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École Saint-Gérard

Montréal, Québec


Commission scolaire de Montréal

Type of use

Primary school

Number of floors


Year of construction


Work type

Demolition, conservation of façades and reconstruction


6 100 m²


19 M$

The new building replaces the school built in the 1920s that had been abandoned since 2012 due to fungal contamination. The replacement project required exemplary characteristics to justify the demolition of the existing building, which was considered of great interest for its architectural characteristics.

Given the particular social and physical context that provided the backdrop for the construction of this building, its design was closely monitored by the authorities, the borough and the citizens.

The new school has 24 primary classrooms and 5 kindergarten classrooms, as well as a double gymnasium adjacent to multifunctional common areas. The main façades have different compositions of brick and glass, one reminiscent of the original building and the other with a contemporary signature. The new building incorporates a number of important features to limit its impact on the environment, including geothermal energy.

For this project, NCK provided complete structural engineering consulting services.