Fahey et associés, in collaboration with the architecture firm Affleck + de la Riva and the engineering firm CIMA+, was mandated by the City of Montréal to review the activity programing within Cabot Square, a public square located just west of Downtown Montreal.
Since its creation in the 1900’s, the urban forest located on the site was transformed for the different uses of this public square. The recent layout is primarily based on a renovation project that took place in 1996 which included constructing an entrance to the Atwater metro station within the square. Consequently the site has become an important pedestrian transit hub.
The development objectives of the square had to consider maintaining the existing tree canopy as well as understanding the growth conditions for the mature trees present on the site. Consequently, three main objectives were identified: favouring planting of ground vegetation, the improvement of pedestrian security, and proposing adequate and durable surfacing materials.
The chosen proposal consisted of adding planting beds primarily composed of vegetation that is suitable to the urban conditions. The ground cover planting zones are delimited by decorative walls / benches that also serve as physical barriers to avoid the compaction of green spaces. An in situ stormwater management system was put in place by directing the runoff water into the planting beds.
While also maintaining the flow of pedestrian traffic, the restoration of the existing structures resulted in creating a friendly year-round gathering place. The design also included creating a space, at the extremity of the site, for a temporary stage during the summer season, for the benefit of the residents in the area.
Finally, in order to ensure the comfort and safety of pedestrians and cyclists along the principal circulation axes, planting areas provided with bike racks were provided, thereby improving the existing terraces within the square.
Fahey et assosiés, in collaboration with the architecture firm Affleck + de la Riva and the engineering firm CIMA+, was mandated by the City of Montreal to green a quadrant located in the heart of Downtown Montreal. One part of the project consisted of designing rain gardens intended to filter rainwater to improve the water quality as well as redirecting some of the volume of rainwater going into the sewer system. Another part of the mandate was to expand the existing plant beds and to create new green spaces, with the goal of reducing urban heat islands. The project was carried out with a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together engineers, landscape architects and architects around the same design table.
Permanent green islands, within parking areas, were proposed for St-Mathieu and St-Marc Streets. Rainwater falling in the public right-of-way will be directed towards these green islands landscaped with plants appropriate for these conditions and which are effective at filtering contaminants in rainwater. Compared to conventional design methods, a much higher volume of soil and crushed stone was proposed to promote the retention of water on site.
Taking advantage of major repairs of municipal services, the City hired Fahey et associés to prepare plans, specifications and site work supervision of the landscaping of Montcalm and Papineau Streets, and this in respect with the Special Planning Program (PPU Downtown) that designated Montcalm Street as a prestigious urban cultural and heritage axis in the City.
Fahey et associés were mandated to design the surfaces and landscaping in this urban project which included: granite curbs, a marriage in the patterns of the precast concrete pavers and the stylized concrete surfaces using an organic approach to forms, street tree alignment and establishment of planting beds with a wavy shape including shrubs and perennials as well as urban furniture integrated in the landscaping and the street lighting design. The project also included a dynamic public square (with shelter and bike racks, customized urban furniture, mapping signage, drinking fountain and a work of art) and the construction of a recreational trail which connects to the existing network.
Fahey et associés was mandated by the City of Saint-Jérôme to design a neighbourhood park with a music theme.
The City of Saint-Jérôme planned to open the Jean-Guy-Décarie Park in Spring of 2013. A large proportion of neighbouring streets are named after musicians. As such, the design was articulated as an extension of this concept. The park is primarily composed of children’s play areas, a multifunctional area and different pedestrian paths. Bleachers are included to evoke the concept of a performance hall and facilitate group activities while providing a rest area for parents with views to the play area for the supervision of children.
We also created a landscape and furniture design that respected the budget allocated by the municipality. In addition, the landscape concept promotes pride and creates a greater sense of belonging for citizens.
The City of Saint-Jérôme was implementing a project to improve the appearance of the André-Prévost Street area as a way of preserving the quality of life of residents. As such, the park design was done in a way as to enhance the aesthetic and functional qualities of the area.