Municipal Hub

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.

Context

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.

Architectural competition

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

    Multidisciplinary team:
    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
    Multidisciplinary team:

    LMA / L'ŒUF, architecture
    Dupras-Ledoux, electromechanical

    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)
    Multidisciplinary team:

    Équipe pluridisciplinaire :
    Provencher Roy, architecture
    Martin Roy et associés, electromechanical

    Arup, civil/structure

    Provencher Roy, landscape / design / urban design

  • Zaraté Lavigne + White
    Examples of previous work: Täby City Hall (Sweden), Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre (Sweden)
    Multidisciplinary team:

    Zaraté Lavigne + White, architecture

    Ambioner, electromechanical

    Cosigma, civil/structure

    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.

Next steps

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.

Citizen committee

A citizen committee have been created by lot among the 35 applications received in order to analyze the presentations and provide comments that will help the jury see them from the residents’ perspective. The committee is 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. 

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.

The final decision will be made by the jury.

Library

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.

Aquatic Centre

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.

Questions?

Should you have any comments or questions concerning the Municipal Hub project, please contact the City by email at polemunicipal@ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca.