Montreal, Canada: From the time it first opened in 1987, the Montreal Tower has been an architectural and engineering landmark, soaring 547 feet above the city’s Olympic Stadium and providing spectacular views of the entire Greater Montreal region.
But it’s only recently that the Montreal Tower has become a landmark of safety, too. That’s because Groupe SCV, Inc. of Montreal is installing a Firefighter Air Replenishment System (FARS) inside the structure—making it the very first building in Canada to have this breakthrough technology.
According to Jean-Francois Arbour, President of Groupe SCV, the project has been a truly unique experience.
“The Montreal Tower is the tallest inclined tower in the world,” says Arbour, “with a 45-degree angle. By comparison, the Leaning Tower of Pisa only tilts five degrees. So you’ve got some very interesting angles and spaces. That said, the FARS fits extremely well into an existing structure—even one as distinct as this.”
The FARS used in Montreal has been designed and developed by RescueAir Systems of San Francisco—the world’s largest provider of advanced FARS technology. The retrofit is presently ongoing.