Olympic Tower

Client : Parc Olympique
Completion Date : 2020


The Montreal Olympic Stadium Tower is undergoing a major redevelopment of its touristic and entertainment spaces to provide a unique experience with a 360-view of Montreal from the top of the tower. Visitor access is proposed at the ground floor level, via the funicular, and connecting to the rest of the Stadium as well as the wider Olympic Park. The top of the tower is being redesigned by the architects Lemay to offer three levels for visitors, including an observatory, an Eco-walk attraction, and a corporate level
In order to validate these developments, and in particular the issues of security and fire standards, Momentum conducted several analyses to evaluate the building’s capacities, as well as the management of visitor flows, in normal times and in case of evacuation. A static analysis was first performed to evaluate the pedestrian density in public spaces, according to several scenarios in the peak hour, when the funicular is used at its peak capacity. Recommendations followed this analysis for the design of waiting areas and ticketing desks. A second dynamic analysis, using pedestrian modelling, was undertaken to test the detailed design plans and to specify recommendations for the operation and design of the visitor areas. The Legion software was used to illustrate the pedestrian density, the waiting times at congestion points, the visitor movements on the different floors as well as the operating parameters recommended for the elevators. Potential zones for content presentation and technology deployment were identified on the plans for the future activation of internal spaces.

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Efficient Operations

The recommendations were useful in informing the architect Lemay on the feasibility of their proposed plans and in adapting them to respond to future demand.

Economic Advantage

The scenario selected for the modeling corresponded to the maximum capacity allowed by the operation of the funicular serving the different levels of the tourist areas and was chosen to maximize the revenue generation of the touristic areas.

Collaborative Working

The static analysis was used to validate the customer typology and modeling assumptions with the client group.