Canada’s leading streetscape city builds for the future

Montreal-Skyline

Photo:  Ville de Montreal

Montreal has long been Canada’s leading streetscape city.  Since the nineteenth century civic and business leaders like Sir William Van Horne President of CP Rail and President of the Montreal Plan Commission, looked to international leaders of design to help build their incredible city.  Montreal’s wonderful Mount Royal Park was designed by New York’s Frederick Law Olmstead. It’s glorious tree lined streets were inspired by Chicago’s City Beautiful Movement and the grand Boulevards of Paris.  Today urban design leaders like Montreal’s own Claude Cormier create wonderful people places on tree lined streets throughout this green metropolis.

Montreal Claude Cormier Pink Balls

Photo:  http://www.ClaudeCormier.com

Montreal has been busy lately!  Billions of dollars are being invested in infrastructure vital to a great city.  One may wonder why an article on streetscaping would also look at hospitals and highway interchanges, but as the attached videos show these mega projects now underway in Montreal all have profound implications for life on the street.  Green tree lined streets are fundamental to each of these projects.

The Centre Hospitalier de L’Université Montréal (CHUM) is the centerpiece of a new heath care district in the center of the city.  Its relation to rue Saint Denis and Boulevard René Lévesque will be extraordinary!

McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is also building a new spectacular complex serviced by both Montreal`s Metro Subway and its Regional Commuter Trains.  New streetscapes are being built to service this site overlooking the soon to be started $4 Billion Turcot Interchange replacement.  This crumbling concrete maze of overpasses was completed in the car centric 1960s. A new green, tree lined design incorporating cycling and pedestrian lanes and passes will truly transform this concrete jungle.

Finally, the recently announced new Champlain Bridge will soon become a new fixture on the Montreal Skyline.  It will feature cycle and pedestrian paths and incorporate a new transit corridor for either buses or light rail.

Montréal continues to lead with utility and beauty always at the center of its plans.

Vive Montréal!

TIMELINE

2011

CENTRE HOSPITALIER DE L’UNIVERSITÉ DE MONTRÉAL (CHUM) announced

MCGILL UNIVERSITY HEALTH CENTRE (MUHC) construction begins

2012

CHUM Construction begins

MUHC Construction continues

NUN’S ISLAND BRIDGE Bypass Project engineering completed

2013

CHUM research centre open

MUHC Construction continues

NUN’S ISLAND BRIDGE Bypass Project construction

2014

CHUM Construction continues

MUHC Construction continues

NUN’S ISLAND BRIDGE Project Completed and opened

TURCOT Interchange design completed

TURCOT Interchange $ 3.7 Billion contract awarded to consortium TPH-Turcot

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/kph-turcot-consortium-wins-turcot-interchange-rebuilding-contract

CHAMPLAIN BRIDGE conceptual design completed

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/champlain-bridge-sneak-peek-at-the-sleek-new-design-1.2689988

2015

CHUM Construction continues

MUHC Completion Date

MUHC

Photo:  MUHC

https://muhc.ca/

MCGILL UNIVERSITY plans for renewal of the old ROYAL VICTORIA HOSPITAL

http://royalvictoria.mcgill.ca

New design video created by Graph Synergie for McGill University and posted to YouTube 2014.

CHAMPLAIN BRIDGE construction begins

http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/nbsl-npsl/video-east-a15-est-eng.html

http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/nbsl-npsl/video-west-a15-ouest-eng.html

TURCOT Interchange construction begins

2016

CHUM  hospital phase one completion date

2018

CHAMPLAIN BRIDGE completion

2020

CHUM fully completed

TURCOT Interchange planned completion

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