The City of Ottawa, Groupe Germain Hospitalité, DevMcGill and EBC to break ground on a $100 million Arts Court Redevelopment project

New Hôtel Le Germain to open in Ottawa in 2017

MONTREAL, Sept. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - The consortium formed by Groupe Germain Hospitalité, DevMcGill and EBC has been selected by the City of Ottawa for the construction of a state-of-the-art, 23 storey mixed-use complex that will be an integral part of the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project. Featuring a 120-room Hôtel Le Germain, 82 private residences, a theatre and an art gallery, this project represents a $60 million investment from the private sector and $40 million from the public sector (City of Ottawa and University of Ottawa).

"The City of Ottawa is pleased to partner with this dynamic consortium as we work together to make Arts Court the downtown hub for Ottawa's vibrant arts community," said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. "This spectacular redevelopment will also create a world-class hotel and residential complex and provide artistic education possibilities within walking distance of many of Ottawa's signature attractions and the future stations of the Confederation Line LRT."

Located on the corner of Daly and Waller, the complex will be easily accessible. Positioned near the future Rideau and uOttawa stations along Ottawa's Light Rail Transit, it will also be just steps from the Ottawa Convention Centre, Byward Market, the Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill.

"Ottawa's strong visitor base and the wealth of tourism options make the city an ideal place to pursue our national expansion. We're genuinely excited to offer the hospitality of our two banners in the nation's capital," explained Christiane Germain, co-president and co-founder of Groupe Germain Hospitalité.

Occupying the complex's first eight floors, the new Hôtel Le Germain will offer an elegant and authentic experience with attentive service. The hotel will be Groupe Germain Hospitalité's 2nd establishment in Ottawa, following the opening of an ALT Hotel on Slater Street in 2016.

Jean-Serge D'Aoust, senior vice-president, buildings at EBC confirmed: "For this project from the City of Ottawa, EBC has assembled a premier team that will ensure the Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court will be a work of the highest quality. This mixed, public/private complex, to be built for the City of Ottawa and private developers, is one of the few projects of this nature in Canada and represents an example of how other public bodies may create value on their real estate holdings. We are both pleased and proud to collaborate with the City of Ottawa on one of the 2017 festivities project."

Located between the 12th and 20th floors, DevMcGill's private residences, the Gallery Condominiums, will offer distinguished, minimalist design, bolstered by a vast range of refined touches. With 9-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, the residences will present spectacular views of the city allowing the Gallery Condominiums to establish a reputation as an exclusive, sought-after location in the heart of Ottawa.

"We are truly honored to contribute to the fulfillment of this incredible new project, on both the building's architecture and its interior design. We are in the process of creating a logo that will stand out and serve as a beacon for arts and culture in the city. The theme of the arts largely permeates the aesthetics of the residential component, from its common areas to the interior design of the condos," said Stéphane Côté, President of DevMcGill.

The design of the project is the result of collaboration between Groupe Régis Côté Architectes and Lemay Michaud Architecture Design.

About Groupe Germain Hospitalité

Ranked as one of Canada's 50 best managed companies, Groupe Germain Hospitalité is a family run business, founded in Quebec City, that owns and operates Le Germain Boutiques-Hotels and the no-frills-chic ALT Hotels across Canada. The company is renowned for its exceptional approach to hospitality and the unique style that characterizes its hotels. Every year, its staff of about 650 people welcome guests for a total of 325,000 overnight stays, bringing the total overnight stays to nearly 2.6 million, since the first hotel opened in 1988. For more information, visit:

About DevMcGill

DevMcGill is a multiple award winning developer with over 15 years of experience developing condominium projects, while being recognized as a leader in the real estate industry. Building on the success of its past, such as the Montreal flagship construction projects Le Couvent Outremont Caverhill along the slopes of Mount Royal, plus Le 777 and Le Orléans in Old Montreal, DevMcGill is constantly researching the art of better living and innovating to build the urban centers of tomorrow. Its many projects currently in development include M9 in Old Montreal, Castelnau in Villeray, St. Dominic in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, the Avenue32 project in Lachine and the mixed-use residential and commercial complex, Le Beaumont NDG, in Montreal's Notre Dame de Grace district.

About EBC

EBC is a construction company that was founded in 1968. In its 46 years of existence, EBC has completed 600 projects totaling $7 billion. EBC operates in three main areas: building, civil engineering and earthworks and mining. The company employs 1,500 people and manages six offices in Quebec City, Montreal, Brossard, Ottawa, Timmons and North Vancouver. For more information, visit the EBC website:

A rendering of the new Hôtel Le Germain Ottawa is available here.


Image with caption: "Hôtel Le Germain Ottawa will open in 2017. It will be part of the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project, a state-of-the-art cultural complex. (CNW Group/Groupe Germain Hospitalité)". Image available at:

SOURCE: Groupe Germain Hospitalité

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