MONTREAL — DUNDEE 360 was a key player in the $140 million renovation of Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel, working for Ivanhoé Cambridge, which recently won the UDI INOVA award for the project. The hotel was
closed for one year but reopened in July 2017, in time for Montréal’s 375th and
Canada’s 150th anniversaries.
INOVA Awards recognize innovation in the commercial
real estate industry, honouring projects that impact the
community significantly. This project won in the Commercial category for projects with construction costs over $50 million.
“We had a prior relationship with Ivanhoé Cambridge and Fairmont due to our work on the Chateau Frontenac,” said Chris Markovic, DUNDEE 360’s vice-president, marketing and business development. “We are delighted to
have been the lead development and project manager for Ivanhoé
Cambridge. Our role spanned the gamut from portfolio analysis and risk
management to providing strategic advice, project coordination and team management
to procuring furniture, fixtures and equipment.
“The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth
has regained its status as Montréal’s leading luxury hotel for travelers,
events and business gatherings, and the new look has created vibrant addition
to the downtown core.”
the highlights of the renovation at ground level are the Agora multi-purpose
public space for programming and pop-up shops, an artisan market, a new
restaurant, bar and coffee lounge.
On the second level, the convention floor
features flexible conference, multi-purpose and meeting rooms, digital signage
technology, and one of the fastest networks in Montréal.
On the third floor, a
business campus offers diverse meeting and work spaces that can be adapted to a
variety of needs and meeting sizes. The
campus is an innovative business venue with 13 rooms that
nurture creativity and collaboration. Inspired by consultation with
experiential meeting experts, the PING room has a ping-pong table, and the
SWING room includes a set of swings. This campus adjoins a new outdoor terrace
that can accommodate up to 350 guests.
On the hotel’s top floor, Espace C2 offers a
state-of-the art space, which will allow for conferences, executive retreats,
and business meetings. “The Queen Elizabeth
Hotel is now one of the most technologically advanced and innovative hotels in
North America, thanks to the collaboration with C2, which focuses on creating a
modern but functional gathering space in the heart of the city,” said the UDI INOVA submission.
This venue also includes a rooftop terrace with a
spectacular 360° view that can accommodate up to 220 guests. In addition,
the hotel offers business clients the opportunity to select from a variety of
eco-friendly, sustainable options such as disposable-free food and beverage
services and recycling stations in the meeting rooms. These
initiatives have earned the hotel four out of five Green Keys, based on the
Green Key Global evaluation of properties.
to Markovic, “We redesigned and renovated the hotel guest rooms themselves to
meet the needs of today’s travellers, while preserving the characteristics of
the original hotel. The suites and rooms all have their original configuration. We used FF&E to bring the hotel to today's standards, but in all fairness, we were starting with a really great starting point.
“To continue the hotel’s history as one of Montréal’s most
iconic landmarks, the new design blends contemporary decor with a vintage
flair. This building is a historic heritage monument, and is now well prepared
to serve guests and clients well into the 21st century in style.”