Humaniti: The S.M Group International Inc. lends its expertise for the development of Montreal’s International District

The S.M. Group International Inc. has been mandated to build a 120-meter tower for the Humaniti project located in the heart of Montreal, at the corner of De Bleury street and Viger avenue. The First “smart vertical community” in Montreal, the Humaniti project has been designed as a multifunctional building. It will be attractive, efficient, sustainable and profitable, with a strong and recognizable architectural design that perfectly integrates itself with its surrounding urban environment.

Humaniti, a development project leaded by Cogir Real Estate Management Corporation in partnership with the Fonds immobilier du FTQ, aims to offer its clients a turnkey project. The 39-storey building, which is approximately 680,000 ft2, will include a variety of living spaces, including stores, a Hotel, a residential section that will include condominiums and rental units, a business centre, electric cars and bikes fleet and a green roof. The environment created by the project will be connected and smart in order to optimize the synergy between technology and citizens. Once finished, the silver LEED Silver level certification is targeted.

The S.M. Group International Inc. team of specialists’ team has been mandated to elaborate the studies leading to the structural elements and civil engineering design, the drafting of plans and specifications as well as monitoring the building construction work.

Moreover, our traffic team, involved from the onset of this project, made a significant contribution by ensuring seamless transit of vehicles and active transport near the construction site. In addition, the traffic study had to determine the functional framework for access to the hotel and the building’s supply docks, and to develop effective solutions to optimize the transport network close to the site.

Challenges and special features

  • Complex rock excavations requiring blasting in a dense area where many infrastructures have to be protected such as cooling tower, underground infrastructures, sewer lines, aqueducts, municipal infrastructures, close proximity to Highway Ville-Marie and to adjacent buildings, etc.
  • Challenges regarding structural layout that will have to be adjusted for various uses, elaboration of details surrounding the connection between the hotel and the main tower
  • BIM Projet (Building Information Management) : due to the virtual parametric smart and structured 3D models , the “control-display” analysis is carried out early on in the project study, which allows for the better quality design aligned to the requirements of every discipline

Together with its multidisciplinary experts that always look for sustainable solutions well suited to the client’s reality, The S.M. Group International Inc. participates, with Humaniti, in a major project that transforms the urban landscape, while creating a harmonious living environment dedicated to improve the good development of the community.

A major project that transforms the urban landscape, while creating a harmonious living environment dedicated to improve the good development of the community.