Montreal’s REM: Sustainable Urban Marvel Redefining Transit

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Project Highlights

Architecture: Lemay, Bisson Fortin, Perkins&Will Consortium
Landscape architecture: Lemay
Mechanical, electrical and structural engineering: SNC-Lavalin / Stantec

Civil engineering: SNC-Lavalin / Aecom/Stantec
Acoustic specialists: SNC-Lavalin
Regulations: Technorm
General contractor: SNC-Lavalin, Dragados Canada, Aecon Quebec Group and EBC (in consortium under the name NouvLR)

Unveiling Montreal’s Architectural Revolution

The consortium of Lemay, Bisson Fortin, and Perkins&Will has unveiled a groundbreaking design for four stations on the inaugural Rive-Sud line of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM). This project marks a pivotal moment in Montreal’s architectural landscape, reminiscent of the city’s first Metro line in 1966 but on an unprecedented scale. The REM, upon completion, will be a testament to sustainable infrastructure, doubling the city’s renowned network by an impressive 67 kilometers.

Agile Activation of Montreal’s Future

The design of these four REM stations, spanning over 15 kilometers, provides a sneak peek into the entire 26-station REM system. The consortium’s versatile and modular approach not only exemplifies a commitment to sustainable public transportation but also acts as a gateway to Montreal’s future. Alexis Légaré, architect and design leader at Lemay, emphasizes how the unique designs efficiently generate sustainable urban infrastructure, setting the stage for a more purposeful and resilient future in public transportation.

Rive-Sud Line Redefining Montreal’s Urban Landscape

What was once a vision has now become a living experience of surprise and delight. The Rive-Sud line introduces a new sequencing to Montreal’s urban landscape, offering passengers accessible, bright, open, and environmentally sensitive stations, landscapes, and entrance plazas. Each station, with its unique local identity, seamlessly blends architectural, landscape, interior, and urban design elements to create an immersive and enriching experience.

Transformative Design Elements for a Connected Future

Christian Bisson, lead partner at Bisson Fortin, highlights the REM stations’ transformative role beyond being stops. They serve as starting points for urban development and incubators of possibilities that will revolutionize urban mobility. With design elements focused on fluidity and connectivity, the stations redefine the mass transit experience. The integration of sustainable strategies, such as rainwater management and vegetation, ensures a positive impact on biodiversity and the well-being of surrounding communities.

In conclusion, the Réseau Express Métropolitain is not just a transportation project; it’s a visionary initiative that builds on Montreal’s iconic past while propelling the city towards a more sustainable future. The consortium’s contribution, filled with natural light, wood accents, and sustainable strategies, promises a more fluid, connected, and environmentally conscious urban experience.

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