The Quebec report is a joint publication between RENX (Real Estate News Exchange) and Le pied carré.
AXOR President Yvan Dupont inaugurated the brand new hotel and office complex at Montréal-Trudeau Airport. With a total area of 300,000 square feet, the 10-floor building includes a hotel managed by Marriott as well as the head office of Aéroports de Montréal (ADM). The complex is located at the heart of the airport above the transborder (U.S.) departures sector.
Canadian developer AXOR, which owns the building, was responsible for its overall financing, design and construction. The project created 375 jobs during the construction period and 200 permanent jobs now that the facility is open.
“We are proud to add this world-class complex to our real estate portfolio, especially considering the positive impact it will have on Montréal’s economy. The entire complex, and particularly our Marriott-managed hotel, consolidates the city’s airport facilities and reinforces Montréal-Trudeau Airport’s place in the international travel circuit,” stated Yvan Dupont, President of AXOR, who was accompanied by Mr. Michael Beckley, Senior Vice-President, Lodging Development, Marriott Hotels and Resorts Canada.
The 279-room hotel has everything that a destination hotel should offer to business people and tourists. It was built from a contemporary vision and with a constant concern for quality both in terms of design and choice of materials. According to Mr. Tony Capuano, Executive Vice-President, Lodging for Marriott, the AXOR complex is recognized as one of Marriott’s two most beautiful airport hotels in the world, the other being in Hong Kong.
The hotel is the only one in the area to offer a full range of hotel services. It has 12 conference rooms, a large ballroom (which can be divided into 6 smaller rooms), and a highly sophisticated business centre with meeting rooms to allow international visitors to hold meetings or job interviews in Montréal without having to leave the airport. To relax, guests can socialize in the hotel’s restaurant and bar-a haven of natural light-or pay a visit to the fitness room, pool or spa. ADM also owns and manages a parking lot of 500 places located under the hotel.
ADM’s head office is located at the top of the building on the 9th and 10th floors. With an area of 58,000 square feet, the new office space groups all administrative services for ADM under one roof and in proximity to airport operations. Providing an unobstructed view of airport activities, the full-height windows are also an impressive source of natural light.
Remarkable design and construction
Independent experts in acoustics were involved in the project to ensure exceptional sound insulation. The materials were selected based on verify and categorize performances in accredited laboratories, such as that of the National Research Council Canada (NRCC). During the construction, a room replica was created on site to verify whether the insulation could handle real-life conditions. The result: almost complete soundproofing, including from sounds made by the largest aircraft.
The architectural concept of the complex was developed by Provencher Roy + Associés while Moreaux Hauspy + Associés were responsible for its design. Other team members included Pageau Morel, which handled the mechanical and electrical engineering components, while Pasquin St-Jean et Associés oversaw the structural engineering elements.
Little Italy and Jean-Talon Market to Join Forces
Following a referendum last Sunday, the merchants of Little Italy and Jean-Talon Market voted 73% in favor of the creation of a Commercial Development Corporation (CDC) in their area.
“The CDC consolidation is being used throughout Montreal and elsewhere. We believe this is an effective way to stimulate neighborhood life and encourage our local businesses, all the while making our commercial arteries vibrant and pleasant,” said the mayor of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, Mr. André Lavallée.
By voting in favor of the creation of the CDC, the merchants of Jean-Talon Market and Little Italy will unite their strengths and reputation to make this area a destination even more recognized and popular. They will work together to develop an action plan that will allow them to take unified actions that will have a positive effect on the economy.
The borough is committed to contributing $50,000 to the CDC to support its activities. With this money as well as with the contributions of its members, the new CDC may, amongst other activities, organize campaigns and special events, participate in a neighborhood cleanup and act more efficiently towards the commercial development sector.
A total of 106 merchants out of a possible 234 turned out to vote. 77 of them voted in favor of the creation of the CDC, while 29 voted against the proposal.
Montreal Mayoral Race Gets Underway with Radio Debate
The three mayoral candidates for Montreal, Gérald Tremblay, Louise Harel and Richard Bergeron, engaged in a debate on September 30, 2009 on 98.5 FM and it didn’t take long for the punches to start flying.
With the election still 30 day away, debate host, Benoît Dutrizac, had just finished explaining how he wanted the candidates to talk about “what you’re going to do, rather than criticize your adversaries,” when the criticism began.
“When Madame Harel says she didn’t know anything about rumours concerning corruption in the construction industry, or rumours of collusion at the municipal level, she must have been the only person … who didn’t know about them,” Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay said.
Madame Harel replied that incumbent Mayor Tremblay had no choice but to act once a series of news reports suggested problems existed with how the city awarded a $355-million water-meter contract in 2007, and that while her party had called for the creation of an ethics commissioner at city hall, Tremblay had yet to act upon the suggestion.
Bergeron, whose party is the only one to have made their election plan public thus far said that if elected, he would reform the financing of municipal political parties so no city administration would find itself indebted to a particular donor.
Bergeron also clashed with Harel over the issue of election campaign publicity.
“They have good ideas, but not always,” replied Harel, referring to Bergeron’s party. “Because right now placing (campaign) posters on telephone poles isn’t a good idea when they’re talking about their environmental principles.” It should be noted that Vision Montreal and Tremblay’s Union Montreal party have renounced the use of posters during this campaign.
“Madame Harel, I’ve seen your pictures on buses, on the métro, because you have the means to pay for them, a party that has more money and less principles than Projet Montreal,” a fuming Bergeron said. “And I’m going to give up a democratic right because I have less money?”
Along with the three candidates, mayoral candidate Louise O’Sullivan of the Parti Montréal-Ville Marie did not participate in the radio debate but fielded questions from an audience of about 200 young businesspeople at a luncheon organized by the Jeune chambre de commerce de Montréal.
Asked what she would like to be proudest of after a first term as mayor of Montreal, O’Sullivan, who told her audience she wants to give young people hope that they have a future in this city, replied: “I would like to be able to say that we’ve had job creation so that none of the young graduates from universities who are extremely well educated look for jobs … in Europe.”