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Provencher_Roy receives National Urban Design Award from RAIC


July 11, 2016
by Shannon Moore

Photo credit: Provencher_Roy

Photo credit: Provencher_Roy

Provencher_Roy received a National Urban Design Award from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) for its Technopôle Angus – Phase II development project, during the RAIC’s 2016 Festival of Architecture.

The National Urban Design Awards celebrate excellence in urban design, emphasizing the important role it plays in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Canadian cities. Claude Provencher, architect, senior partner and co-founder, Matthieu Geoffrion, architect and partner, and Sylvain Gariépy, urban planner and partner, attended the event in Nanaimo.

The festival jury awarded the prize to Technopôle Angus — Phase II because “the design creates a public realm with a high degree of pedestrian connectivity and permeability. The plan includes its own validation, outlines clear objectives and then demonstrates how it is meeting those objectives. This exemplary rationalization of the design of the public realm will serve as a clear guide for subsequent architectural development.”

Photo credit: Provencher_Roy

Photo credit: Provencher_Roy

Located inside the limits of the Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie borough and built on the brownfields of the storied Angus Shops, the Technopôle Angus is a real estate complex with a mission to create jobs in Montreal. The urban plan for the Îlot central (Phase II), steered by the Société de développement Angus (SDA), concerns the last vacant lot of the area still available, and is part of an initiative to revitalize the site through an innovative development scheme. The SDA wishes to create a genuine living environment likely to attract and retain businesses. To this end, the plan proposes a denser, innovative built environment, an affordable on-site residential component and the creation of quality public spaces.

Photo credit: Provencher_Roy

Photo credit: Provencher_Roy

In order to create a living environment that is socially, ecologically and economically “responsible,”  for the benefit of future businesses, tenants, employers and the Ville de Montréal alike, the urban plan revolves around job creation and a mix of uses. Consequently, the SDA proposes an attractive site that is adapted to the needs of businesses, which include quality spaces, affordable nearby housing and access to a large labour pool. The Technopôle seeks to establish itself as the benchmark of a new quality of life for Montrealers, where one’s workplace and home are a short walk apart and where pedestrians are prioritized. The area, which is currently partially isolated, will open out onto the surrounding neighbourhood by offering local services and entertainment options, which for the time being are rather limited.

Photo credit: Provencher_Roy

Photo credit: Provencher_Roy

This future green neighbourhood promises to have a minimal ecological footprint. On many levels, it will constitute a veritable laboratory for responsible development. One of the project’s most innovative features will be the site-wide integration of an energy transfer loop that will recover unused heat from all possible sources, including geothermal wells, for the purpose of redistributing it where it is needed at any particular time. The SDA will also incorporate efficient measures for the management of water and waste. Businesses, especially those involved in the social economy, urban agriculture or green construction, will find in the Technopôle Angus an innovative and stimulating work environment.

Photo credit: Provencher_Roy

Photo credit: Provencher_Roy

Projects in nine cities received National Urban Design Awards. To see the full list of winners, click here.

Development plan for Technopôle Angus – Phase II, Montreal
CLIENT: Société de développement Angus
YEAR: 2012 to present
STATUS: Approval of general plan
PROGRAM: Jobs, Residential, Commercial, Park
DISCIPLINES: Architecture, Urban Design, Sustainability
PARTNERS IN CHARGE: Claude Provencher, Claude Bourbeau, Matthieu Geoffrion, Sylvain Gariépy
LANDSCAPING: NIP PAYSAGE
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: PASQUIN ST-JEAN
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: PAGEAU MOREL
CIVIL ENGINEERING: PASQUIN ST-JEAN
CERTIFICATION SOUGHT: LEED ND (Neighbourhood Development) Gold
AREA: ± 37,000 m² (site of the Îlot central) and 93,000 m² (floor area for same site)



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