Place Bonaventure

When it was built in the 1960s, Place Bonaventure was considered an architectural gem, but by 2000, it had fallen on hard times. It is the second-biggest building in the city’s core. With 1.5 million square feet of commercial space and huge exhibition halls its location in Montreal’s Quartier de l’Innovation was unmatched. The Bell Centre, Windsor Station, Central Station and Place Ville-Marie were only steps away, and it had a direct link to Montreal Underground City, the metro system and the commuter network.

But the building was falling into disrepair and only about 15 per cent of its rundown, poorly lit space was occupied. Radical action was needed to save it, and Kevric took it. It added windows to let in the light and give tenants spectacular views of the city and the South Shore. It revamped the interior and earned a BOMA BEST level 3 certificate in the process. It installed the latest mechanical and electrical systems to meet the technological needs of the most demanding companies and it gave each storey a unique character that allows tenants incomparable flexibility in space layout.

Place Bonaventure is today one of the city’s most modern tech complexes. It brings offices, commercial activities and entertainment under a single roof. The redevelopment of this majestic building has been successful.

BOMA Québec and BOMA Canada awarded Place Bonaventure their Renovated Building of the Year awards in 2005.

Type of property: Office building, redevelopment project

Address: 800 De La Gauchetière West

Year of construction: 1967, renovated in 2001

Number of levels: 15

Gross area: more than 3 million sq. ft.

Area per level: 235,000 sq. ft.