IVI unveils the first images of its innovative new building

Last November, the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation allocated $12.7 million in financial assistance to the Cégep de Saint-Jérôme for the construction of the Institut du véhicule innovant (IVI). After almost a year of development, in collaboration with Cégep de Saint-Jérôme and the City of Saint-Jérôme, the IVI has finally unveiled the first images of the new, futuristic space.

Designed by architectural firms BGLA and Atelier Idea, as well as engineering firm GBi, the new building will bring all of the organization’s activities under one roof, allowing IVI to continue its growth and better serve Quebec companies in need of support in the electric and intelligent vehicle sector.

The new 2,650 m2 building will take the form of two buildings connected by walkways architecturally reproducing the logo; its structure will consist mainly of exposed solid wood combined with steel and concrete. In order to maximize energy efficiency, the new building will use solar and geothermal energy.

Overheating and glare control will be provided by a combination of architectural shading devices and strategically located hardwood trees. In addition, the selected exterior cladding will be low-maintenance and, where possible, locally produced.

The building will be erected on the land transferred by the City of Saint-Jérôme, located on Claude-Audy Street in the industrial district. The call for tenders for construction will be issued in December and the groundbreaking ceremony will take place in the spring of 2021. IVI plans to inaugurate its new innovation center in the summer of 2022.

Photo: The Innovative Vehicle Institute (IVI)

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