Stinson Transport Centre for the Société de transport de Montréal

Lead Designer
ClientMichel Lauzon
Prize(s)2nd Place in Architecture Categories / Conceptual
Entry Description

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is the transit
authority for the island of Montreal and comprises an
extensive network of subway stations and bus routes,
serviced by 7 transport centres dedicated to the
maintenance and repair of vehicles. Due to strong
growth of the demand for public transit, the STM has
planned to expand its existing flotilla of buses by 300
vehicles and must thus plan for a new transport centre.
The new centre will house an additional 800 employees
and will target an ambitious LEED Gold certification.

The design intent was to achieve a seamless weaving of
the project into the surrounding urban fabric. Strongly
related to its urban context, the designers proposed an
integrating approach to building, site and landscape in
order to create a singular and cohesive ensemble. This
ensemble would simultaneously address urban integration
considerations. The emphasis on drawing inspiration from
context components such as the industrial language of
the neighboring factories, providing a building that, despite
its immense size (350,000 sq. ft.), would meld into the
landscape and having a facility that would actively
participate in the streetscape, thus helping the overall
rejuvenation of the sector.

The project features a multitude of sustainable design
strategies such as:
• Compact building footprint in spite of internal circulation
• Internal circulation of buses to eliminate emissions to the
outside environment
• Radically efficient design of all vehicle circulation on site
to reduce to a minimum
greenhouse gases and carbon monoxide emissions
• Permeable surfaces to reduce rainwater runoff
• Extensive use of daylighting for all interior paces
• Green roof and light colored roof membranes
• Water retention on site (3000 m3 is kept on site)
• 230 transplanted trees and 600 new trees
• State-of-the-art “regent eco” mechanical system