The borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is launching a multidisciplinary design competition to develop the Zone de rencontre Simon-Valois (Simon-Valois shared space).
Purpose of the competition
The purpose of the competition is to select a proposal to transform the area around Place Simon-Valois into a zone de rencontre, or “shared space,” by developing shared streets along sections of Rue Ontario and Avenue Valois.
With this shared space, the borough aims, in particular, to:
Improve traffic flow and safety of movement around Place Simon-Valois.
Assert the pedestrian character of the site by giving pedestrians priority throughout the defined perimeter, once the Highway Safety Code has been amended to include shared-street regulations.
Considerably enhance the quality of the amenities in an important, highly active area of the neighbourhood.
Improve the site’s configuration to make it suitable for large-scale events and increase the square’s liveliness during activities that involve road closures.
Develop know-how in implementing shared streets in Québec.
This competition is part of an initiative (Programme d’implantation de rues piétonnes et partagées) aimed at accelerating the implementation of pedestrian streets in public areas, with the ultimate goal of creating a citizen-focused dynamic that places people at the heart of the urban development process.
The project budget is $3,200,000, plus taxes.
Type of competition
This competition is:
national in scope,
held in two stages: the first consisting of anonymous proposals, the second consisting of service offerings prepared by four jury-selected finalists.
Stage 1 All competitors are invited to submit a proposal: an overall idea that conveys their vision of the project and its mission, in accordance with the competition objectives.
The jury will select up to four proposals. This stage is unpaid and anonymous.
Stage 2 Finalists will be asked to expand on their idea and publicly present a service offering (concept/sketch) to the jury. At the conclusion of this stage, which is paid, the jury will select a winner.
Stage 1/ Proposal Any firm or team that fulfills the following criteria is eligible:
has at least two designers;
has at least one lead designer:
who has been a certified member of an order or professional association in the fields of architecture or landscape architecture for at least five years or has a university degree in a program leading to the design or completion of public development projects and who has five years of professional experience in similar projects,
who works out of an office located in Canada at the time of entering the competition.
Stage 2/ Service offering Any firm or team that fulfils the stage 1/ proposal criteria, along with the following conditions, is eligible for stage 2:
has at least one civil engineer with five years of experience in similar projects,
has a coordinator.
External engineers and consultants, in particular from the fields of civil, mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering, may join the team.
The jury is the same for both stages and is made up of the following people:
Sinisha Brdar, architect and professor at the UQAM school of design
François de la Chevrotière, project engineer, borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
This competition was held in compliance with the proposed Règlement type pour un concours d'architecture, pluridisciplinaire ou de design de la Ville de Montréal (Model rules for an architectural, multidisciplinary, or design competition sponsored by the Ville de Montréal), approved by the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire (MAMOT).