SAINT-LAURENT, QC, March 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Borough of Saint-Laurent
today announced the winning project of the Québec-wide architecture
competition for its future sports complex. Of the four concept
proposed, the jury chose the one submitted by the team Saucier +
Perrotte Architectes - Hugues Condon Marler Architects/SNC Lavalin.
"The new building will meet needs that have long been voiced by our
residents and the many volunteers working with the clubs and
associations that offer sports activities to our community. We are very
excited at the prospect of having this new facility, which, along with
a new library, will further strengthen the civic vocation of Boulevard
Thimens. I congratulate the competition's winning team, and in passing,
salute all the finalists, as well as the members of the jury and the
technical committee," explained the mayor of Saint-Laurent and
vice-chair of the Ville de Montréal Executive Committee, Mr. Alan
The winning team's proposal distinguished itself from the others by the
quality of its architectural gesture, the simplicity of the concept,
the creation of a wayfinding and distinctively urban branding image,
its adherence to the surface areas of the facilities, the effectiveness
of its sustainable development strategies and its potential for change.
"By its very nature, an architecture competition sparks creativity and
innovation. The four finalist teams responded brilliantly to the
challenge we launched by submitting exceptionally high-calibre
concepts. We selected the project that in our view best meets our
specific functional and technical needs and that blends in most
harmoniously with the environment. The large structural volumes of the
proposed new sports complex create a powerful visual and physical link
between the site's natural and functional elements. Measured against
these criteria, the winning team's proposal was in a class of its own,"
commented Mr. Richard Garneau, sports journalist and jury chair.
The announcement was made in the presence of Jean-Marc Fournier, MNA for
Saint-Laurent, Minister of Justice and Government House Leader;
Christine St-Pierre, MNA for Acadie, and the Minister of Culture,
Communications and the Status of Women; the Honourable Stéphane Dion,
MP for Saint-Laurent-Cartierville; Mr. Gérald Tremblay, the Mayor of
Montréal; and the council members of Saint-Laurent.
Mr. Jean-Marc Fournier expressed his satisfaction with the concept
selected: "Today we are taking another crucial step forward in the
realization of this important project for our community. The residents
of Saint-Laurent will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of a sports
centre, thanks in part to the Building Canada Fund - Québec. Once
completed, this project will encourage our young people to take part in
physical activities, while boosting the economy of the Borough of
Saint-Laurent during the construction phase."
"I wish to offer my sincerest congratulations to the winning team.
Creating a building dedicated entirely to sports is a technical feat in
itself, but on top of that, making the building attractive and
appealing, a focal point that fits well into the environment and serves
as a hub for community life, is the hallmark of a truly successful
design. The sports complex will undoubtedly serve as an exceptional
venue where residents can meet and interact," emphasized Ms. St-Pierre.
During his speech, Mayor Tremblay confirmed that "this sports complex
represents one of the various initiatives we are taking to support
families by offering them neighbourhood facilities. It is our wish to
provide them with a living environment that promotes a healthy, active
lifestyle. This design competition will give Saint-Laurent residents a
sports complex that combines innovation with sustainable development."
The building, which will have a surface area of approximately 14,500
square metres, will be located on the Boulevard Thimens municipal axis
and linked to the Émile-Legault pavilion of École secondaire
Saint-Laurent, part of the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys. It
will house, among other facilities, an indoor soccer field, a 25-metre
swimming pool and a leisure pool, a gymnasium, a fitness room and
several other spaces, including a multi-purpose room. In compliance
with Montréal's policy on sustainable development for municipal
buildings, the Borough will require that the new facility obtain LEED
Gold certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Building Canada Fund - Quebec
In September 2009, the governments of Canada and Québec, together with
the Ville de Montréal, announced the awarding of the funds needed to
build the sports complex, under the Building Canada Fund - Québec
program. The tripartite investment is worth a total of $35 million.
Building Montréal UNESCO City of Design
In closing, it should be noted that the architecture competition is
supported by the Building Montréal UNESCO City of Design program, an
initiative of Ville de Montréal's Bureau de design and the Université
de Montréal's UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design. This
initiative is funded in equal part by the Ministère de la Culture, des
Communications et de la Condition féminine, the Ministère des Affaires
municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire, la
Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal and the Ville de Montréal.
Drawings of the winning project can be viewed on Réalisons Montréal
website at: http://www.realisonsmontreal.com/en/project/105.
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|Source: ||Division des communications et des relations avec les citoyens|
Borough of Saint-Laurent
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|Information: ||Céline Vaillancourt, Communication Officer|
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