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Canam Group Contributes to the Reconstruction of Lac-Mégantic’s Commercial Sector

September 23, 2013

Canam’s Murox building system using the design-build approach was chosen following a call for tenders by the municipality of Lac Mégantic to rebuild its first commercial buildings located downtown.


The area of the city where the four Canam buildings will be built. The sales contract was signed on September 11 and erection of the first components should begin on October 1st.

Because components were required on site less than 15 working days after the contract was awarded by Lac-Mégantic general contractor, Construction Réjean Bélanger, the speed of the Murox solution played an important role in the decision.

“The municipality was absolutely determined to relocate businesses before the busy holiday season, said François Morissette of Canam. The first building envelope will be closed on October 15 allowing the interior finish to begin on November 2. It is such a tight schedule that the architect will finish the drawings of the facades after the delivery of the first Murox panels. We’ve always been known to be fast but this might be a record.”

There will be four buildings of 200 ft x 60 ft (61 m x 18 m) located on each side of the Papineau Street extension, near the new sports center. Each building will allow the relocation of five to six shops. The load-bearing walls will be delivered with a galvanized steel outer coating ready to receive the finishing material.

“Honestly, this is a project that we wish would have never happened. But given that we can’t change the tragic events of July 6, we felt the best approach would be to show both compassion and performance”, said Marc Dutil, Canam Group CEO. So, on one hand, all of Canam’s resources will be dedicated to deliver Lac-Mégantic a first class product and experience and, on the other hand, we will giving back to the town an amount of $250,000. With support from other suppliers, we might be able to provide the town even more with, he added.”