Monastère des Augustines

This project earned two Quebec Consulting Engineering Awards in 2017, in the “Visionary” and “Building — Electrical and Mechanical” categories.

In order to create a haven of peace and pursue their mission, they decided to open the doors of their founding monastery and make their collections and archives available to the general public. As they wished, the monastic ambiance has been preserved through the utilization of invisible and silent electrical and mechanical systems that bring modern comfort to this authentically preserved historic building. Their relics are preserved and showcased. Furthermore, CIMA+ developed very innovative solutions, such as the utilization of architectural components as conduits (fireplaces, staircases), or structural components as radiant surfaces to heat or cool the indoor spaces, depending on the season. The final product is very energy efficient, and the operation and maintenance costs have been greatly reduced.