VISUAL INTEGRATION OF THE DOMES OF THE WOOD PELLET TERMINAL AT THE PORT OF QUÉBEC - THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIR PROVIDES AN UPDATE
Québec, March 5, 2014 – At their initial meeting, members of the advisory committee discussed various facets of the mandate they were given. While creating their work schedule, they quickly realized that the initial deadline of March 31 was too close to give their recommendations to the Québec Port Authority, considering the steps that need to be taken to complete their work.
At the second meeting, the committee members met with representatives from Quebec Stevedoring Company Ltd. (QSL) who answered their technical questions about the dome structure, as well as its durability and the constraints of the surrounding membrane.
The advisory committee also met with Réal Lestage, who is well known for his involvement with the completion of the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain. In July 2013, the Port of Québec appointed him to submit a design concept and parameters for a design project extending the promenade in the Anse au Foulon sector, between Gilmour Hill and Anse Brown. The firm Daoust Lestage’s proposals should be submitted by next June and will take into account the continuation of port activities, as well as the potential remodelling of the port-to-city interface.
In light of information shared by Mr. Lestage, the members of the advisory committee unanimously recommended that the Québec Port Authority temporarily suspend their work, until the second dome is built and benchmarks for the design project that the Port ordered (the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain 3B) are known. They do not consider it practical to rush into a call for bidders process when all the related elements are still not ready. Committee members by far prefer a concerted well-thought-out process that takes into consideration their various concerns for the visual integration of the domes: integration with all site structures, urban integration with the coming promenade, integration of historical and contemporary dimensions of port activities, and a harmonious visual integration for South Shore residents.
All advisory committee members have confirmed that they are available to continue their work under the revised schedule. Once again, the committee consists of Julie Lemieux, Nancy Florence Savard, Paul Béliveau, Claude Rousseau and John R. Porter, who is the chair of the committee.
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