THE PORT OF QUÉBEC ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Québec, January 13, 2014 – Following up on its commitment, the Québec Port Authority (QPA) is pleased to announce the creation of an advisory committee whose mandate is to recommend to the Port the best way to ensure the harmonious visual integration of the two domes of the new wood pellet terminal in Anse au Foulon.
Last November, at the start of construction of the wood pellet terminal in the Anse au Foulon port sector, the QPA formally committed to create an advisory committee to ensure the optimal visual integration of the project in its surrounding environment.
In cooperation with Ville de Québec authorities, it was agreed that the advisory committee will be chaired by John R. Porter, museum specialist and cultural projects manager. The committee will also include Julie Lemieux, city councillor for the Chute-Montmorency–Seigneurial district and vice-president of the executive committee for the Ville de Québec; Paul Béliveau, visual artist; Nancy Florence Savard, president of 10th Ave Productions, a television and digital film production house; and Claude Rousseau, president of the Québec Remparts and member of the QPA Board of Directors.
The mandate of this committee is twofold. First, the committee will recommend the best way to respond the goal of visually integrating the domes, whether by lighting, multimedia, fresco or urban development. Second, it will make recommendations to the QPA concerning the choice of organization to carry out the project. To this end, over the coming weeks, the committee will meet with organizations that are interested in getting involved in the project. The committee will have the option of inviting recognized organizations to submit a project, should this approach be deemed useful.
In its analysis, the committee will decide on possible avenues for the visual integration of the two domes, taking into account the technical constraints of the buildings, the reality of the port environment where the terminal is located, and the future implementation of the Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain 3B development project initiated by the QPA.
Invitation to designers
The QPA has already invited interested organizations to submit their vision for the visual integration of the domes in Anse au Foulon. The advisory committee will meet with the organizations it judges capable of carrying out the project successfully based on the written proposals received. This exercise will allow members of the committee to determine the best possible approach and to recommend this to the QPA to ensure the completion of the project.
“Visual integration of the domes of the wood pellet terminal into the urban fabric is an important goal for the Port of Québec. I am confident that the members of the advisory committee will carry out their mandate with great success. We have no doubt that they will issue recommendations that will result in an innovative and inspiring project,” said Mario Girard, President and CEO of the QPA.
The report on the committee’s work will be submitted to the QPA by March 31, 2014, and the QPA will make a public report on the findings and recommendations.
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