SAINT-LAURENT, QC, June 19, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The governments of Canada and Québec and Ville de Montréal recognize the importance of having good recreational infrastructures that promote a healthy lifestyle, help communities be more inclusive and contribute toward creating an ideal living environment.
Jean-Marc Fournier, Minister responsible for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie, the Québec government's House Leader and MNA for Saint-Laurent, joined Saint-Laurent Borough Mayor Alan DeSousa today for the inauguration of the Complexe sportif de Saint-Laurent, in the presence of the main project partners and the members of Saint-Laurent Borough Council.
Located at 2385 boulevard Thimens, the three-storey building is 16,500 square metres in area and includes an indoor soccer field, a 25-metre swimming pool with an access ramp, a gradual-depth recreational pool, a gymnasium, a gymnastics palestra, a multi-purpose room as well as an additional training room.
The project benefited from joint financial assistance of over $23.3 million from the governments of Canada and Québec, within the Large Urban Centres component of the Building Canada Fund-Québec. The project is also benefiting from the support of the Green Municipal Fund of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities as well as from the support of Ville de Montréal, for a total investment of $55 million.
"Sports infrastructures contribute toward keeping our communities healthy. In addition to making it possible for residents to adopt a healthy lifestyle, this new sports complex will have a positive impact and will rally people together as well as contribute toward the city of Montréal's development for future generations. Our government is proud to be making investments that improve people's quality of life, while promoting economic growth and creating well-paying jobs for the middle class."
Emmanuella Lambropoulos, Member of Parliament for Saint-Laurent, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"The Complexe sportif Saint-Laurent is a quality sports infrastructure that will make it possible for thousands of Montrealers to play their favourite sports and adopt healthy habits. The materialization of this project also means the creation of a place for residents to get together and an investment in our youth as well as the development of our metropolis."
Jean-Marc Fournier, Minister responsible for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie, Government House Leader and MNA for Saint-Laurent, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region
"These new facilities are a direct response to the needs long expressed by Saint-Laurent's residents and local associations and they will have a sustainable, positive impact on the entire community. And so today, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all our partners for their financial assistance."
Alan DeSousa, Mayor of the Borough of Saint-Laurent
An ecological, distinctive building
As for the architecture of the building, the quality of the architectural gesture is undeniable, through the simplicity of the concept as well as through the creation of a distinctive image. "Inspired by the tectonic forces, the sculptural approach of the Complexe sportif de Saint-Laurent proposes two geological objects whose movement is enhanced by the human activity on the site," stated main designer Gilles Saucier.
The building design was selected following an architecture competition won by the team of Saucier + Perrotte Architectes – Hughes Condon Marler Architects | SNC Lavalin inc., organized by the Borough in cooperation with Ville de Montréal's Bureau du design.
The concept of the winning team stood out from the other proposals for its interesting design, respect for the surface areas of the facilities, the efficiency and effectiveness of the sustainable development strategies and its potential for growth. In May, the building was in fact certified LEED GOLD (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
A public work of art is integrated into the site, in accordance with the Policy on the integration of arts into architecture. Created by artist Mathieu Gaudet, the work of art entitled Les Environs is a monumental sculpture composed of seven identical components that form an axis on the walkway leading to the main entrance of the Complexe sportif.
SOURCE Ville de Montréal - Arrondissement de Saint-Laurent
For further information: Sources: Brook Simpson, Attaché de presse, Cabinet du ministre de l'Infrastructure et des Collectivités, 613 219-0149; Marie-Ève Pelletier, Directrice des communications et attachée de presse, Cabinet du ministre des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire, ministre de la Sécurité publique et ministre responsable de la région de Montréal, 418 691-2050; Direction d'arrondissement, Division des communications et des relations avec les citoyens; Information: Infrastructure Canada, 613 960-9251, Toll-free: 1-877-250-7154, email: [email protected], Twitter: @INFC_fra, Website: Infrastructure Canada; Pierre-Luc Lévesque, Direction des communications du ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire et du ministère de la Sécurité publique, 418 691-2015, ext. 3746, Geneviève Bouchard, chargée de communications, 514 855-6000, ext. 4058