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 4 559 873 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 first invitation to tender had been cancelled on June 21st, 2021 due to market conditions and the fact that only one bid had been received in the amount of $49.9 million before taxes.
During the municipal council meeting on May 2nd, Notice of Motion was given by the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion’s Municipal Council for the authorization to increase the expenditure and loan related to Loan by-law No. 1755-01 for the construction of the Municipal Hub, which will encompass the library, City Hall, and a public space.
The Municipal Hub aims to eventually bring together on a single site the library, City Hall, a public square and an aquatic complex. The library and City Hall will be located within the same building. The aquatic complex will be built in a subsequent phase of the project according to the government grant programs that will be in place. It is expected that the construction of the building combining City Hall and the library, along with the development of the public square, will begin by the end of 2022.
At the end of the architectural competition, launched on April 8, 2019, it was the multidisciplinary team led by Lapointe Magne et associés / L’ŒUF who drew the attention of the jury, which met on 9 and 10 last September. Both a Technical Committee and a Citizen’s Committee had previously submitted their observations to the jury.
The multidisciplinary team features architectural firms Lapointe Magne et associés and L’OEUF, by Dupras-Ledoux - a consulting engineering firm specializing in electrical and mechanical engineering for the construction industry, Équipe Laurence – a firm specializing in civil engineering, L2C, structural consultants, and landscape architecture firm NIP Paysage Inc.
Marie-Chantal Croft, Architect and Jury Chairperson, describes the project in these words: "The winning project, a showcase for the cultural and civic values of the City, is distinguished by its openness to the community. Through the expert integration of the city hall’s services with those of the library, and by taking the future Aquatics Complex into account ahead of time, the project is a true representation of the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion’s desire to create a Municipal Hub. A public space and a green park will serve to bring both services together into a structured whole. The project is both sensible and generous at the same time. Sensible in terms of the methods used, which promote sustainable development, and because of its structure made from wood. Generous because of its varied landscaping and architectural offerings designed on a human scale. It will be an inviting and welcoming place where citizens can foster a sense of belonging and feel at home. It will be an ideal place to get together.”
"The architectural expression focuses on brightness and simple elements to serve as an ideal platform for the citizen activities that will take place in the public space. An impressive, luminous indoor capacity awaits inside, built away from the ground, and architecturally enhanced by huge, exposed beams made from engineered wood. The space is a true reflection of the City, a gathering place that will always remain in our individual and collective memories”, commented Frédéric Dubé, Architect - Lapointe Magne et associés.
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Of the 20 applications received, 4 finalists were selected on June 12. The team led by architects Lapointe Magne et associés / L’OEUF was the one that stood out among the other finalists:
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. Elaborated with professionals specializing in the design of this type of infrastructure, the Functional and Technical Program (FTP) was tabled at City Council in December 2019.
Last February, the City submitted a grant application for this project through the Financial Assistance Program for Recreational and Sports Infrastructures. The aquatic complex, with an estimated budget of $30 million, could be eligible for a $20 million grant from the governments of Quebec and Canada.
The aquatic complex will be built in a subsequent phase of the project according to the government grant programs that will be in place.
Should you have any comments or questions concerning the Municipal Hub project, please contact the City by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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