Condos Feature Insulated Metal Panels
The new Le Peterson condominiums in Montreal offer a unique architectural design, featuring curved glass balconies in one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods.
According to the condo website, Le Peterson “combines daring architecture and sophisticated design.” The Green Globes Design facility is located at the heart of one of Montreal’s most vibrant and sought-after neighborhoods, the Quartier des spectacles. Some of the condo features include Energy Star appliances, energy-saving lighting, water saving plumbing and Low-E coated windows. Le Peterson offers three levels of housing options, lifts, suites and penthouses, ranging from 410 to 1,517 square-feet.
More than 40,000 square-feet of CF30 insulated metal panels from Metl-Span were installed on the backside of the 35-story building. “It was at the request of the owner, to use insulated metal panels,” says Richard Labonte, graduate architect of NEUFarchitects in Montreal. “It was less expensive than precast concrete. The installation went well and it looks good; better than expected.”
Safety was a major concern for crews working up to 35 stories. Distributions Styro Inc. of Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Que., installed the insulated metal panels on the sides of the building that did not feature balconies.
“The Peterson Condos are right in downtown Montreal,” says Genevieve Delisle, project manager for Styro. “We didn’t have any room to store panels or other products, so we had to schedule deliveries every week or sometimes every couple of days, to make sure our installers had enough to keep them working.”
“We started on level three, working out of a lift, lowered from the top of the building. Then a crane delivered panels to the lift for the installers. The biggest challenge was making sure the installation around the windows was watertight. We did some lab testing before getting to the jobsite and had no problems.”
In addition to taking extra care in sometimes windy conditions, Delisle said another challenge was scheduling the work between her installers, the window installers and the concrete crews.
“I’m proud of this project,” Delisle says. “The height of the building is the most impressive thing. There was a lot of coordinating to manage, between deliveries and the work scheduled of different trades. All in all, it was a smooth project.”