The complex

With its cutting-edge design, facilities and equipment, and the access to professional, technical and technological resources it offers, the Institut national du sport du Québec complex at the Olympic Park truly provides an environment for optimal performance to enable high-performance athletes and coaches to compete on a level playing field with the world’s best.

As a permanent headquarters for eight resident sports (fencing, gymnastics, judo, swimming, synchronized swimming, diving, water polo and short-track speedskating) and a meeting place for numerous training groups, the INS Québec complex built within the Olympic Park Sports Centre has over 150,000 square feet of floor area, 92% of which is used to practise sport or for purposes directly related to serving the needs of high-performance athletes and coaches.

 

The Olympic Park is the perfect setting for INS Québec to take root and grow—already a powerful draw for many disciplines, such as short-track speedskating at Maurice-Richard Arena and aquatic sports at the Olympic Park Sports Centre, this site is also a powerful symbol: in 1976, the world was watching as great athletic feats were achieved here, which still resonate today. This is where the Canadian Olympic movement really took off.

THE COMPLEX IN NUMBERS

Developer: Institut national du sport du Québec – Principal contractor: Régie des installations olympiques (RIO) – Architects: Lapointe Magne et associés – Structural engineering: SDK – Mechanical and electrical engineering: Pageau Morel et associés – General contractor: Magil Construction
Timeline – Start of project: 2008 – Start of construction: February 1 2013 – End of construction: May 16, 2014 – Inauguration: September 19, 2014
Total floor area: ≈150,000 sq.ft. on 5 levels – Sports training areas: 48,124 sq.ft. – Gymnasium: 8,100 sq.ft – Weight room: 8,094 sq.ft. – Sports medicine services: 6,779 sq.ft. – Laboratories: 2,727 sq.ft – Dressing rooms: 6,817 sq.ft. – Offices and related services: 13,484 sq.ft. – Plus pools for swimming, synchronized swimming and diving and some facilities at the Olympic Park Sports Centre
Construction budget: $24.5 million

PICTURES

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HISTORY

2000

2000 to 2003

Initial discussions in Québec and Canada regarding a national sports institute take place.
2007

2007: Centre d’excellence des sports aquatiques du Québec (CESAQ) program set up at Montréal’s Olympic Park.
2008

Mixed committee formed bringing together the Centre national multisport-Montréal (CNMM) and the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) to spearhead the processes of research and exploration leading to the creation of a sports institute in Québec
2008

Architectural firm hired to design the environment, based on the concept envisaged.
2008

Embauche d’une firme d’architectes pour tracer l’environnement recherché en fonction du concept recherché.
2009

Visit to the Olympic Park Sports Centre to see the space available.
2009

Functional and technical program developed.
2010

Application submitted to the Fonds de développement du sport et de l’activité physique for a subsidy to build the future INS Québec facilities.
2010

March 30

The government of Québec announces its intention to create INS Québec.
2010

May xx

Press conference with Premier Jean Charest confirming the creation of INS Québec and the construction of its complex at the Olympic Park.
2010

October

Call for proposals issued for professionals (architects, engineers, etc.).
2011

May

Architecture and engineering contracts awarded by RIO, the project’s principal contractor.
2011

June

Work on plans and specifications begins.
2012

January

The CNMM officially becomes the Institut national du sport du Québec.
2012

October

Call for tenders process for construction begins.
2012

December

Subsidy contract signed between the Fonds pour le développement du sport et de l’activité physique and RIO.
2013

January

General contractor contract awarded by RIO.
2013

February 1

Start of construction.
2014

May 16

End of construction.
2014

“]INS Québec staff move to the Olympic Park complex.
2014

“]First resident sport moves in: [SPORT].
2014

September 19

The INS Québec complex at the Olympic Park officially inaugurated.