The Government of Quebec opened the new headquarters for the Commission for Standards, Equity in Health and Safety at Work (Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail, CNESST) in the heart of the eco-district of D’Estimauville in Quebec City. The new 8-story CNESST building spans approximately 370,000 square feet serving nearly 1,850 workers.
Demonstrating its respect for the environment, energy-efficiency and wellness, the project is designed and built with the intention of achieving certification through the Canada Green Building Council’s LEED® v4 rating system. In addition, it is the first government facility in Quebec to pursue the International WELL Building Institute’s WELL™ Building Standard.
Designed to cohesively meet high sustainability and performance standards. Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI) supervised all stages of the CNESST’s office design and construction working closely with Coarchitecture and LEMAYMICHAUD.
Presented in a refined, modern architectural style, the project palette combines biophilic design, natural materials and, as LEMAYMICHAUD described, “a lot of white.” The design team specified four types of Rockfon acoustic stone wool ceiling panels plus Chicago Metallic suspension systems to meet the project’s aesthetics, sustainability and occupant well-being goals. Rockfon’s ceiling panels comply with acoustic ceiling requirements in building standards, and meet or exceed relevant criteria for LEED and WELL.
CNESST Head Office
Quebec City, Quebec