September 4, 2011
by Canadian Architect
ABCP Architecture, in collaboration with Claude Guy Architecte, has received an award from the Order of Architects of Quebec (OAQ) in the Recycling/Conversion category for the rehabilitation of the former mail sorting plant located at 300 rue Saint-Paul. Converted into exceptional office and commercial spaces, the building now named Place TELUS is an outstanding achievement that has helped revitalize Quebec City’s Old Port district.
Since 1978, OAQ’s Excellence in Architecture Award has recognized the essential contribution of Quebec architects to the built environment. The “Recyc-Québec” jury mention is awarded for commitment to sustainable development principles (reduce at source, reuse, recycle, and recover) in project execution and the design of spaces and facilities.
The conversion of 300 rue Saint-Paul – a LEED candidate – stands out for its many windows, spectacular views of the surrounding area, and focus on comfort and user-friendliness. The building, which features alternative transportation facilities including a secure bike storage area and locker rooms with showers, and a rooftop terrace for employees to relax outdoors while enjoying breathtaking views, has clearly been designed with users in mind.
“Our first priority was to create a space for current and future users. Sustainable development is central to our mission, and so it is an honour for us and our partners to receive this award for rehabilitating an industrial building that is now fully integrated into its immediate environment,” says François Moreau, president and CEO of ABCP Architecture.
ABCP Architecture, which has enjoyed tremendous growth in recent years and now boasts more than 45 employees in Quebec City, has itself chosen Place TELUS for its offices. “It was a logical choice for us,” explains Moreau. “The completely revamped building meets ABCP’s vision, and thanks to the award we have just received, it represents an incentive to maintain our standards of excellence.”
The new ABCP Architecture premises offer unique workspaces that are bright, spacious and filled with natural light. The high ceilings, large windows, and use of glass and clear materials help amplify the sense of space and light in the open work area which offers great views of the city, while the central area houses other workspaces and washrooms. The glue-laminated wood decor and use of brightly coloured furnishings add a warm touch to the space.
ABCP Architecture is currently working on a number of major projects, including the PEPS sports complex expansion at Université Laval, a needs analysis for a new Quebec City arena, the head office of Caisse populaire Desjardins in Lévis, a green neighbourhood in the George-Muir district, and the expansion of École de cirque de Québec. Previously, ABCP worked on the Canada Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo in China. The firm has offices in Montreal, Quebec City, Saint-Hyacinthe, and Lausanne, Switzerland.
For more information, please visit www.abcparchitecture.com.