TOBY winner profile: Le 2020 Robert Bourassa

Downtown Montreal’s Le 2020 Robert Bourassa was built in 1973 and the changes it has gone through since 2013 helped earn it the 2015 The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award for renovated buildings from Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA).

Le2020RobertBourassa-300“We had four or five projects that transformed the building, especially on the six lower floors,” said property manager Francine Daoust. “The entrance hall was completely redone and we brought two floors of parking that were on the second and third floors to the basement level and added some office square footage in the building.

“We also redid the lower floors. They were all concrete blocks and we put windows all around the building so it’s now a beautiful curtain wall. We have a beautiful exterior terrace for our tenants that we redid completely.”

Le 2020 Robert Bourassa is owned by 7565402 Canada Inc. and managed by Industrielle Alliance. It has 30 floors, 27 above ground, with 509,471 square feet of rentable space.

Direct access to the busy McGill Metro station links the building directly to Montreal’s extensive underground network of restaurants, stores and services.  

Extensive renovations

In addition to the aforementioned improvements, other renovations at Le 2020 Robert Bourassa included: the modernization of the electrical system, elevators and heating, ventilation and air conditioning system; the replacement of the security system; a fully renovated food court on the Metro level; and a 112-space bicycle enclosure with shower facilities.

“It’s a great building and everybody involved did a tremendous job in bringing this project together,” said Daoust. “It was quite a challenge to go through such a change with an occupied building, but it was done very well and tenants were well-informed about everything.”

The renovations have also greatly expanded the range of services available to tenants. A convenience store and courier outlet have been added to a shoe repair/sewing and alterations shop and a menswear store.

Falafel and Vua Sandwichs opened on the main floor while Grillades Torino, Sushi Iki Iki, Subway, Thaï Express, Second Cup and Muffin Plus operate in the food court. Intact Insurance, which occupies more than half of Le 2020 Robert Bourassa, has an employee cafeteria.

Le 2020 Robert Bourassa hosts a multitude of fundraising campaigns and events to take advantage of high visitor traffic. Beneficiaries include Canadian Blood Services, Dyalitran, Quebec Cancer Foundation and Canadian Cancer Society.

BOMA BEST Gold certification

The building has a BOMA BEST Gold certification and this year was Le 2020 Robert Bourassa’s eighth year of turning off all the lights for Earth Hour. Tenants were also asked to hand over any items they wished to discard that would normally be considered too big for recycling.

Building staff collected it all for free on Earth Day for environmentally responsible disposal in partnership with MultiRecycle.

Building management has adopted an environmental policy that focuses on pollution prevention, energy efficiency, drinking water protection, effluent reduction, waste reduction and indoor air quality.

The policy calls on administrators, employees and tenants to work together on initiatives, and action plans have been put in place to improve the building’s environmental and energy performance.

Industrielle Alliance rewards employees who want professional development or to acquire new skills. It also supports professionals and managers with coaching, workshops and a host of development programs for specific clienteles.

“We keep people up on everything and, if they ask for anything, we’re open to any training they can go for if it’s within their job description,” said Daoust.

(Images from Le 2020 Robert Bourassa website.)


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