The municipal hub is a major project for the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion, which aims to ensure that citizens have access to the train station and bus terminal, Centre Multisports, City Hall, a library and the aquatic centre within the same area.
Having been renting the facilities at 2555 Rue Dutrisac since 1977, the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion has long been planning the construction of a new City Hall building. Before tackling this, however, the City wished to complete some major projects including the fire stations, arena, water filtration and purification plants as well as the overpass on Saint-Charles Avenue.
In August 2018, the City acquired Lot 4 559 973 on Émile-Bouchard Street for the purpose of building its municipal hub—a largescale project that will combine City Hall, the library, a public square and the aquatic complex. This site is located near the Vaudreuil train station, in proximity to Centre Multisports, the major highways and the future hospital. The municipal hub is a way for the City to offer centralized services in a high-density sector. Note that 51% of housing in Vaudreuil-Dorion is located less than 2 km from the site and 95% is located at a distance of less than 4 km.
The municipal hub is slated to open in 2022.
The four finalists for the multidisciplinary architecture competition have been selected among twenty applicants by a panel of judges on June 3 and 4, 2019.
Listed below, in alphabetical order, the four firms that attracted the judges’ attention were:
- Architecture EVOQ inc.
Examples of previous work: New Maisonneuve library (in progress), West Block of Parliament
Architecture EVOQ inc., architecture
Bouthillette Parizeau (BPA), electromechanical
NCK inc., structure
Le groupe conseil Génipur inc., civil
Atelier Civiliti, landscape / design / urban design
- LMA / L’ŒUF
Examples of previous work: Notre-Dame-de-Grace Cultural Centre, Centre sportif de Gatineau
LMA / L'ŒUF, architecture
Équipe Laurence / L2C, civil/structure
NIP Paysage inc., landscape / design / urban design
- Provencher Roy
Examples of previous work: Reception Pavilion of the Québec National Assembly, Montreal Heart Institute (in progress)
Équipe pluridisciplinaire :
Provencher Roy, architecture
Martin Roy et associés, electromechanical
Provencher Roy, landscape / design / urban design
- Zaraté Lavigne + White
Examples of previous work: Täby City Hall (Sweden), Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre (Sweden)
Zaraté Lavigne + White, architecture
Zaraté Lavigne + White, landscape / design / urban design
Three of the finalists are Quebec based firms. The fourth listed above is a groupinf from Québec and Sweden.
Panel of judges
Also presented in alphabetical order, the jury is composed of the nine following professionals:
- Ms. Marie-Chantal Croft, Architect (Coarchitecture), Jury President
- Mr. Frédéric Genest, Eng., M.Sc.A. (Natural Resources Canada / Government of Canada)
- Ms. France Lavoie, Communications Director (City of Vaudreuil-Dorion)
- Mr. Martin Lefebvre, Architect (Cormier Lefebvre, architects)
- Ms. Annick Lemay, Division Manager – Library (City of Vaudreuil-Dorion)
- Mr. Kristopher Parent – Landscape Architect and Urban Planning Director (Town of Kirkland)
- Mr. Jean Pelland, Architect (Sid Lee Architecture)
- Mr. Ron Rayside, Architect (Rayside Labossière Architects)
- Ms. Anne Vallières, Architect (STGM Architects)
According to the panel of judges, “there were several excellent applications among the 20 received. The finalists distinguished themselves through the quality and development potential of their designs for the second phase of the competition.” The competition is carried out under the supervision of professional consultant Philippe Drolet, Architect.
The four finalists will have eight weeks to prepare their presentations which must be submitted by August 27, 2019. Following this, a citizen committee and technical committee will share their observations with the jury, who will then review the final four proposals. The competition winner will be unveiled at the end of September 2019.
A citizen committee will be created during the summer in order to analyze the presentations and provide comments that will help the jury see them from the residents’ perspective. The committee will be composed of one citizen from each of the City’s districts (eight in all), a citizen between the ages of 15 and 21 and an artist/citizen.
Having an artist as part of the committee will provide a different viewpoint. To be eligible, individuals must reside or work within the territory of Vaudreuil-Dorion and must have produced works or public cultural actions that were used or appeared in professional settings (museums, municipal facilities, etc.).
Members of the committee must attend two working meetings (three hours each) held over the last week of August and the first week of September. During these meetings, citizens will have the opportunity to express themselves on the concepts proposed by the four firms for the projected buildings (City Hall and Library) and the layout of the public square, and this, according to the needs of the City. At this point in the process, technical issues related to the Aquatic Complex will not be addressed. These infrastructures are planned in a second phase and are linked with a grant.
Those interested in joining the committee must fill out a form and return it no later than August 8, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the municipal library, the City Hall or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. A random draw will be held the week of August 9 to determine who, among all of the applicants, will be part of the committee.
About the municipal hub
In August 2018, the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion acquired Lot 4 559 873, located next to the Vaudreuil Train Station on Émile-Bouchard Street. This will be the location of the municipal hub—a largescale project that combines City Hall, the Library, a public square and the aquatic complex.
The governments of Quebec and Canada will invest over 4.8 million dollars in the construction of the new library. This financial assistance is provided under the new Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – Small Communities Fund.
The architecture competition was launched April 8, 2019 in an effort to foster the quality and development of the future municipal hub.
Given the growing population and increasing library patronage, the building on Jeannotte Street no longer meets the needs of the City’s residents nor established standards for public libraries.
The new library building will have a surface area of 3,000 m2. The facilities will include a space for socializing, a reception and service area, study rooms, a section dedicated exclusively for young library members, a creative laboratory as well as administrative areas. Featuring modern technological equipment, the library is intended to be an innovative space. However, the facilities will also be focused on offering a communal space that provides services to meet the needs of all generations.
The preliminary phase of the aquatic complex is well underway. Meetings were held with various aquatic-related associations in the fall of 2018 in an effort to clearly define needs and gather suggestions. The Functional and Technical Program (FTP) must be submitted to the municipal council in the spring to ensure that the City is prepared to apply for grants when new government programs become available.
Although we are aware that the public is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the aquatic complex, the City is hoping to benefit from grants that would help offset the high cost of construction.
Should you have any comments or questions concerning the Municipal Hub project, please contact the City by email at email@example.com.
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