18. June 2015

Perseverance of a Community Project

from Adam Kimble

Sainte-Germaine-Cousin is a project for the community. Located in Quebec, the church of Ste-Germaine-Cousin has come a long way, overcoming an asbestos closure in 2005.

Today, the revitalized church building stands central with a new addition, a curvy, s- shaped structure, of affordable housing with 126 affordable (PAPA type) units and intermediate housing for seniors.

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Image Source: Saul Rosales

Asbestos within Ste-Germaine Cousin Church presented a considerable financial challenge. After the closure of the church building, it was 7 years later in which construction began with asbestos removal and groundwork for the new addition. However, perseverance has proven successful, providing an exceptional building of great heritage value.

Architect Ron Rayside led the transformation of the Sainte-Germaine-Cousin church, designing an avant-garde project, weaving the bridge between past and present. The Ste-Germaine-Cousin project team considered ecological factors and implemented high performance products to ensure a long lasting and economically sustainable project.

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Image Source: Saul Rosales

Included in the concrete slabs at the balcony to interior building envelope, Schӧck Isokorb® structural thermal breaks were implemented, reducing thermal bridging, and therefore increasing the comfort of the interior units.

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Image Source: Saul Rosales


Thermal breaks are especially important in projects such as Sainte-Germaine-Cousin for to ensure thermal comfort during cold temperatures and reduction of energy costs. Accompanied with systems such as geothermal wells, energy costs are at a minimum even during the harsh winter months.

The church and residential building were finalized in April 2014.
Project: Ste-Germaine-Cousin
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Developer: Mainbourg Corporation
Architect: Rayside Labossiere Architects
Engineers: SDK
Read more about the project at: http://stegermainecousin.com/


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