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Launch of an Architectural Competition as Part of the Pierrefonds Public Library Renovation and Expansion Project

11 juin 2013

Montréal, June 10, 2013 - The borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro has launched today an architecture competition across Quebec for the renovation and expansion of the Pierrefonds Public Library. This project is part of the Programme de rénovation, d'agrandissement et de construction des bibliothèques publiques de Montréal (RAC) de l'Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal.

Built in 1983 and located in the center of the borough, the Pierrefonds Public Library is struggling to meet users' growing demand and major work must be done to transform this cultural equipment into a 21st Century Library. After home and work, the new Pierrefonds Public Library will become a third place for families by providing modern spaces in addition to a rich collection. Community, family and intergenerational services based on user needs will also be offered. The new library will be a place where physical and digital territories meet, a public sphere, a place, a way of life, a cultural and civic hub and ecosystem promoting growth and innovation.

“The architecture competition will encourage creativity and improve our architects' notoriety while providing citizens with an inspiring and innovative reading place. A cozy library is propitious for discovery, exploration, knowledge and intellectual development.", according to the, ministre de la Culture et des Communications, Mr. Maka Kotto.

"A modern, friendly library with cutting-edge technology for a UNESCO city of design will soon become a reality in Pierrefonds-Roxboro. We can expect very high quality project proposals thanks to the architecture competition. The current renewal of the Montréal Public Libraries Network is essential and contributes actively to make Montréal a cultural metropolis in the creation of knowledge and innovation." declared Mrs. Élaine Ayotte, responsable de la culture, du patrimoine et du design au comité exécutif de la Ville de Montréal.

"We are very pleased that the expansion of the Pierrefonds Public Library project crosses a new phase and that the architecture competition is under the responsibility of such an important jury. No doubt that the expertise of the jury will allow us to provide the citizens of Pierrefonds-Roxboro with a 21st Century functional, eco-friendly library in a sustainable building.”, said Mrs. Monique Worth, Mayor of the Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro.

The project
The work includes a complete renovation of the existing building and an extension of 2,316 m2. The new facilities will include the integration of new technologies and a radio-frequency identification system to facilitate documents management and to offer self-service loans and returns. In addition, the values of sustainable development will be integrated within the project designed to receive the LEED Gold certification. The ministère de la Culture et des Communications and Ville de Montréal will jointly contribute with $14 million. The remaining $4.4 million will be paid by the borough, also responsible for the operational costs.

The competition
This competition aims to create a building that reaches very high standards, required for Montréal: Family oriented, new information technologies, quality design and sustainable development. The competition will be organized in two stages. Four finalist firms will be selected by a jury at the end of stage 1 and will be announced on July 8. The winner will be announced in October 2013.

An exceptional jury
The jury is composed of five members recognized for their expertise in their respective fields: Mrs. Phyllis Lambert, Architect and Founding Director and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Mr. Jacques Plante, Architect and Associate Professor at Université Laval author of numerous architecture books, Mr. Oscar Ramirez, Architect Associate at Cardin Ramirez Julien and designer of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, Mr. Michel Beaudry, Architect at Beaudry Architecte and member of the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough's Architecture Committee, and Mr. Dominique Jacob, Director of the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Culture, Sports, Leisure and Social Development Department.

Submitting an application
Candidates wishing to submit an application must obtain the documents via the Système électronique d'appel d'offres (SÉAO):
The deadline for submitting an application is Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 11 am.

Applicants must submit their questions in writing to Mrs. Michelle Décary, Architect and the Competition Professional Advisor, by e-mail at the following address:

For more information about the competition, please visit:


Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro
Public Relations and Communications Division