Pomerleau and Factry announce the creation of aXLab
We are laying the foundations for the future of construction by creating a unique innovation lab, in the heart of the Factry campus in downtown Montréal.
We are partnering with Factry, Canada’s first training centre that specializes in developing creative skills, to create the Pomerleau aXLab, an innovation lab dedicated to integrating innovative technology to the construction industry.
This one-of-a-kind lab is the result of the amazing cooperation between two organizations that share the same values: collaboration, vision, and the desire to generate concrete change in an evolving world to build tomorrow’s living environments.
Innovation at the service of an industry undergoing revolution
The construction industry is undergoing a revolution, driven by technological breakthroughs. Investing for years in innovation, we are aspiring to be the leader of this transformation by accelerating the development of new technologies, equipment, and processes to be deployed on construction sites across the country. Against the backdrop of the economic relaunch, there is an urgent need to design innovative buildings and agile infrastructures that meet the real needs of communities.
This is why we decided to set up our lab on the campus of Factry, an organization recognized for its ability to generate innovative projects, which put people at the centre of any transformation.
With this project, we want to develop new skills to usher the construction industry into the future. Creativity means allowing yourself to imagine solutions to the most complex problems, and this partnership with Factry is the perfect way to accomplish that.
Ian Kirouac,Executive Vice-President, Canadian Building Operations and Corporate Transformation
Local businesses are already brimming with solid ideas for collaborations, and having a high-tech lab at a school of creativity is a major asset. Real change occurs in society when people and technology complement each other intelligently. The partnership between Pomerleau and Factry will bring the best of human and technological potential under one roof.
Marie Amiot,CEO and Co-founder of Factry
A concrete way to contribute to the relaunch of downtown
Far from abandoning a downtown forced into dormancy because of the pandemic, Pomerleau and Factry believe in the importance of offering Montréal another opportunity to shine.
Located in the heart of the Quartier de l’innovation, the Factry campus will be the perfect place for our innovation teams to come together. There they will develop promising technologies in robotics, off-site construction, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and digital twins.
By trying out technologies in a custom laboratory, we will be able to accurately determine their efficacy and added value for our projects and the entire industry. We believe in the strong potential for emulation with the creative ecosystem at Factry.
Eric Lessard,Vice-President, Innovation and Technology and Chief Digital Officer
Close to 4,000 young people and professionals from a range of sectors visit Factry every year. The aXLab will allow younger generations to learn from our experts by taking part in workshops and other educational initiatives. These discussions will provide inspiration for our innovation teams and enhance our technology research projects; it is a winning partnership all around. Future programming at Factry, featuring a range of training sessions, workshops, and events, will showcase the ideas, knowledge, questions, and surprises that emerge from the aXLab.