The Sûreté du Québec Mlll District Regional Headquarters designed by Services intégrés Lemay et associés is located in Mascouche, Canada. The distribution in a cross shape, slightly off-centred, allowed the public entrance to be moved away from the secured entrances. The architects proposed a compact volumetry, reducing the building’s footprint and envelope, maximising interior / exterior relationships (views, ventilation and natural lighting) and making the building less expensive to build and operate. This conceptual choice also reinforces its presence in the landscape.
The following sustainable development elements were integrated into the project (which is targeting LEED silver certification): the control of solar gains using sun baffles on the south side and a white membrane (TPO) on the roof, increased thermal resistance of the exterior envelope, parking spaces reserved for hybrid vehicles, the use of regional and sustainable torrefied wood for the siding and the installation of a radiant heating system using geothermy.