Hébertville-Station is a small town of 1,300 inhabitants outside of Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec. It was founded in 1903 and developed by Louis-Nazaire Asselin, the first mayor of the village.
Gémel was mandated to provide professional services in civil engineering, structural, mechanical and electrical management and site supervision for the building of a replacement city hall. The old one had been destroyed in a fire on July 20, 2013, so a new building had to be erected.
The finished building, with an area of 550 pi 2, now houses the city council, the mayor and some community organizations such as AFÉAS. The building also contains space for the concierge, a reception area, some administrative offices, storage areas and restrooms.
Complexity, Innovations and Features:
- The urban plans were destroyed in the fire; we had to do research to identify the location of sewage pipes;
- The start of project was delayed due to pending approval of grants;
- It’s now an energy efficient building;
- CO2 sensors running whenever occupancy in the building is detected;
- LED lighting
- Motion detectors;
- Appropriate materials were chosen to reduce the environmental footprint.