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Our History

Few can claim over 50 years as a General Contractor. Fewer still can say they did it to the standard we do. Explore our history’s landmark moments.

Archives picture, construction of 1537-1534 Graham blvd by brothers Louis, Léonard and Antonio Desjardins, Ville Mont-Royal, 1937

with you since 1960

1960

The founding of P&R Desjardins Construction Inc.

Born from a family of builders, Louis-Pacifique and Raymond-Marie Desjardins, two engineers at the beginning of their careers start up P&R Desjardins Construction Inc. in 1960. Hopes are high at the dawn of the Quiet Revolution.

Louis-Pacifique and Raymond-Marie Desjardins start up P&R Desjardins Construction Inc

1966

Building a reputation

These new beginnings bring them to touch on a bit of everything in construction from residential, commercial and industrial renovations, to new constructions, expansions and the construction of entirely new buildings. They quickly recognize a promising niche in interior fittings in both commercial and institutional sectors.

With the arrival of Expo 67 in Montreal, it is a perfect time to attract attention. This is when they accomplish many notable projects in the Reine Élizabeth Hotel and Place Ville-Marie.

Golden Hind

1974

Menuiseries Mont-Royal Inc. is founded

For interiors, one of the most daunting aspects for a builder is the architectural woodworking and more specifically, wooden door frames that each architect or designer sees differently from one project to the next.

In 1974, they entrust the task of founding Menuiseries Mont-Royal Inc. to their associates, Gilles Desjardins and Jules Brizard. By doing so, they seek to attract “veterans in the craft” who had an eye for the industry’s culture. They have two main requirements for this team: a superior quality product and a timely delivery.

Menuiseries Mont-Royal

1988

The Centre for Canadian Architecture

P&R Desjardins and MMR are given the ensemble of interior construction work, including the woodworking, of the Centre for Canadian Architecture’s new building. This is the ultimate recognition, placing them amongst the first in their ranks.

The Centre for Canadian Architecture

1993

Marc Desjardins LL.L. takes over as President

It’s time for the changing of the guard. Marc Desjardins LL.L., along with a group of senior employees of the company, take the founders’ lead.

Marc Desjardins

2005

McCarthy Tétrault Avocats

P&R Desjardins obtains the contract to develop the new offices of the leader in the business and legal community in Canada. 150,000 square feet of offices on 7 floors, a complete floor dedicated to the reception and conference center. In addition to state-of-the-art teleconferencing equipment, the conference center features 25 multifunctional meeting rooms, private lounges and a trial simulation room. When the 150 lawyers and 200 staff members moved in, it was considered to be the largest office move since Caisse de dépôt and Placement du Canada.

2010

50 years

The company celebrates the 50th anniversary since its foundation.

2011

Marc-Antoine Desjardins becomes CEO

Marc-Antoine Desjardins, equipped with a B. Arch, Msc A, is given the title of CEO, having just completed the construction of one of the largest legal firms in Montreal.

Marc-Antoine Desjardins

2012

New state-of-the-art headquarters

The ensemble of the group’s offices and workshops is expropriated and everything has to be rebuilt in a new location. With the collaboration of the entire team, four months from the time the land was acquired to the move to 1777 Bégin in Ville Saint-Laurent, P&R Desjardins and MMR equip themselves with state of the art installations.

2013

Teknion – The first platinum LEED commercial interiors project in Quebec

P&R Desjardins take on the construction of the first platinum level LEED certified project in Quebec for commercial interiors—the showroom of Montreal-based office furniture manufacturer, Teknion.

Teknion Quebec LEED project

2014

P & R Desjardins commissioned a work of art from artist Martin Rondeau with one requirement: to express the sponsor’s fondness for Montreal, his favorite playground.

Rondeau gave birth to “I love MTL“.

Martin Rondeau, a renowned fashion photographer, evolved naturally into art through his vision and creative intuition. He lacerates and weaves his raw material: the large format photographic film. The distortion that results from this technique gives a new meaning, a new interpretation to the recomposed image.

To see at the reception at 1777 rue Bégin in St-Laurent. Visit www.martinrondeau.com and his biography at www.galerieleroyer.com

2016

Significant new project: DRW-Vigilant

P&R Desjardins is granted the most important contract in its history of general construction, that being the DRW-Vigilant.

Vigilant