AWMAC Quebec Finalists: Public Projects, Accommodation, and Corporate categories

Grace Tatigian

AWMAC Quebec is in the process of announcing the finalists for the Awards of Distinction. There are six categories for the awards: Retail, Corporate/Professional, Lodging/Hotel, Public Project, Restaurant and Bar, and GIS Project. Last week we presented the finalists in the restaurant and bar category, and this week we present the finalists in the Public Project, Accommodations/Hotel, and Corporate/Professional categories. Here they are in alphabetical order for your consideration.

Public Project Category 

Boisdaction – Loto-Québec

Boisdaction is a finalist for its Loto-Québec project. The space received a facelift with clean-cut cabinetry and millwork. To realize this project, the company used many materials: solid wood, wood veneer,  solid surface, phenolic panel, laminate, custom lacquer, and fabric. The collaborating architectural firm is Provencher_Roy, the general contractor is Pomerleau, and the installer is Dama Construction.

Boisdaction is an architectural millwork company specializing in the design and manufacturing of all types of millwork projects. The company offers turnkey services, engineering design, fabrication, and installation.

Boisdaction is also a finalist in the Retail category for its Fairview Pointe-Claire project and the Accommodation/Hotel category for its Aquablu project.

Chambois – Rimouski Courthouse

Chambois is a finalist for its Palais de justice de Rimouski project. Many improvements were made to the courthouse; the courtrooms were redesigned to meet the current requirements in terms of reception of the public, administration of justice, and confidentiality, mainly in youth cases.

For this project, Chambois matched several materials and wood species. It had to ensure a high level of soundproofing without affecting the final look and installation. The collaborating architectural firm is Coarchitecture, the general contractor is Symco Construction, and the installer is Chambois itself.

Chambois offers a turnkey service to its clients, regardless of the nature of their project and their industry: architectural millwork, built-in furniture, reception counters, wood paneling, kitchen cabinets, bathroom furniture, and more. The company manages engineering, production, delivery, and installation. 

Chambois is also a finalist in the Corporate/Professional category for its Ubisoft  project and the Restaurant/Bar category for its La Belle et La Bœuf project.

Groupe Beaubois – Globe Life Field Stadium

Groupe Beaubois is a finalist for its Globe Life Field Stadium (Rangers Ballpark) project. The internal renovations of the stadium included all clubs, suites, and concession areas. All cabinets were installed in the lower concourse, office area, suites, and service levels. Beaubois’ work included cabinetry, bars, reception desk, and wood ceilings. The collaborating architectural firm is  HKS Architects, the general contractor is Manhattan Construction, and the installer is Deloera Installations Specialities. 

As a leader in the North American architectural industry, Beaubois takes a unique approach to each project and adds value to each design. Its teams of experts work together to provide an unparalleled experience, from design and planning to execution and installation. They challenge industry standards with cutting-edge technology and advanced practices that benefit their clients. They understand their clients’ needs and goals and provide the products and expertise necessary to achieve the desired results.

Beaubois is also a finalist in the Lodging/Hotel category for its Cache Creek Hotel & Casino project, the Restaurant/Bar category for its Dickies Arena project, and the GIS Project category for its Willow Square Continuing Care Center project. 

Accommodation/Hotel Category 

Boisdaction – Aquablu

Boisdaction is a finalist for its Aquablu project. This complex, located across from Rivière-des-Prairies in Laval, stands out especially for its common spaces, reminiscent of a seaside resort. Its model units are personal and warm. The large wood surface on the living room wall is particularly eye-catching.

Boisdaction created the varnished and stained wood entrances to the condo. The collaborating architectural firm is Camdi Design, the general contractor is EBC, and the installer is Dama Construction

Groupe Beaubois – Cache Creek Hotel & Casino

Groupe Beaubois is a finalist for its  Cache Creek Hotel & Casino project. Working with maple, white oak, walnut, and stainless steel, the Beaubois team created a rich 17 colour palette for the project. The result is a nuanced and timeless look. The Chang Shou bar and Steakhouse got a facelift with new panelling, impressive arches at the entrances, and distinctive coffers, and other wood details on the ceilings. The updated Steakhouse offers a luxurious ambiance created with curved banquettes, sharp-edged shelves, wood cabinetry covering the back of the bar, and a grand entrance framed by dark panels adorned with slats.

The firm worked on the woodwork, brushed stainless steel panels, bench seating, wood beams for the ceilings, vanities, wall cabinets, and countertops. The collaborating architectural firm is  HBG Architects, the general contractor is  Swinerton Builders, and the installer is Siteline Interior Carpentry.

Polybois – 35 Hudson Yards

Equinox Hotel Spa

Polybois is a finalist for its 35 Hudson Yards project. This six-block area on Manhattan’s West Side, which spans 28 acres over active railroad tracks and tunnels, is being redeveloped for residential, commercial, and public open space. The 1.1 million-square-foot tower includes 143 private residences, an Equinox-branded luxury hotel, an Equinox fitness club and spa, first-class offices, and ground-floor retail.

The firm’s work included the main lobby, all 40 floors of elevator lobbies for the residential section, and the spa section. The collaborating architectural firm is Skidmore, Owings and Merrill; the general contractor is Related Companies; and the installer is Newtech Installation USA.

Polybois has an experienced workforce of 75 employees and an 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility. The reputation Polybois has acquired is because of the solid relationship of trust established with its front-line partners, the general construction contractors. Thanks to its qualified personnel and proven know-how, Polybois offers a great capacity to adapt to the specific characteristics of each project.

Polybois is also a finalist in the Restaurant/Bar category for its 30 Hudson Yards project.

Corporate/Professional Category 

Chambois – Ubisoft

Chambois is a finalist for its Ubisoft project. In a global vision of sustainable development within the project, recycled and locally sourced materials, such as reclaimed wood planks from a dismantled barn, and assembled wood slats, allowed the production of new finished products to be limited, thus minimizing the ecological footprint of the project. For this project, the company had to harmonize several materials, many wrought metals, glass, upholstery, and numerous wood species. 

The collaborating architectural firm is Coarchitecture, the general contractor is Construction Drolet, and the installer is Chambois himself.

Menuiseries Mont-Royal – 1250 René-Lévesque West

David Boyer Photographe

Menuiseries Mont-Royal is a finalist for its 1250 René-Lévesque West project. This office features over 40 different styles of workspaces for post-pandemic office life. The office’s overall design is inspired by the ebb and flow of the St. Lawrence River; the ceiling is composed of custom 2418 slats that create topographic waves.

MMR created the ceiling, wall panels, doors, frames, and various pieces of furniture for this project. The collaborating architectural firm is InStudio, the general contractor is P+R Desjardins Construction, and the installer is also P+R Desjardins.

What distinguishes MMR from other carpentry companies is that it is a general contractor (P+R Desjardins) with its own in-house carpentry company (MMR). This is a third-generation family business with a close-knit group of over 50 employees, many of whom have been with the company for over 20 years.

Stay tuned for the winners next week. The gala to present the awards of distinction will take place on May 27. Here at Wood Industry, we wish everyone good luck!

 

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