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Werkliv kicks off student housing tower in downtown Montreal

Werkliv kicks off student housing tower in downtown Montreal

MONTREAL—Werkliv Group of Montreal has launched construction of a new student housing development in downtown Montreal that will also be notable in that it will be built without use of a crane.

Le Mildore, to rise 19 storeys at 2025 Peel St., will house 280 students.

“We’ve seen a lot of foreign student housing developers come to Montreal, from Ontario and the U.S., and convert offices and hotels into luxury student housing,” said Daniel Goodfellow, president of Werkliv, in a statement. “What we want to demonstrate is that the solution to the student housing crisis can be homegrown, affordable and sustainable, while supporting local innovation.”

Tenants of the 85,000-square-foot building will have access to storage and a workstation in each bedroom, two dedicated common study rooms, and opportunities to customize spaces, stated a recent release.

Werkliv has developed and is manufacturing its own customized furniture specifically for this project. Rents will be lower than other comparable options, said Werkliv, with an anticipated monthly rent of $885 per student, without utilities.

The project will be developed in partnership with Decarel and it will be the first downtown tower to be built using craneless technology developed by Upbrella Construction. Upbrella uses hydraulics to lift each completed floor as another one is built beneath.

Le Mildore will be the tallest residential building in Montreal to be constructed of steel rather than concrete and will be Montreal’s largest building of this type to solely feature bicycle parking.

Another sustainability feature will be the building’s heating and cooling system, which will use the domestic water supply to regulate the temperature in each apartment.

“We care about integrating density into our community in a responsible manner. We didn’t want to build luxury student housing at monthly rents of over $1,000,” said Goodfellow. “Most of us studied at McGill, Concordia or UQAM, only steps from where our project is located, and we want to give back to those communities.”


WERKLIV—Montreal’s Le Mildore student housing project from Werkliv Group will reach 19 storeys.

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