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When the city of Montreal decided it was time to make some upgrades to their entertainment district, WSP was invited to the party.

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Quartier Des Spectacles

90 total project cost
1000 square metres rehabilitated as cultural space
2 bustling squares: the Artists Promenade and Parterre
15000 hours worked by WSP engineers and technicians
10 precision tolerance on outdoor facilities
20 partners involved
40 festivals and events each year
25000 linear metres of rehabilitated networks
12 Awards and distinctions of excellence in design, architecture or engineering

See how the collaboration between engineers Jean-Marcel Jacques and Daniel Brien helped transform Montreal's world renowned entertainment district.

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Take a behind-the-scenes look at how it all came together

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A drawing of the Quartier des spectacles site plan – the rehabilitated area is located near Place des Arts, which is an important cultural destination in the area. Credit: Daoust Lestage Inc.

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The new public spaces were created by combining several vacant lots which were qualified for redevelopment; the geometric refurbishment of the Maisonneuve Boulevard allowed for the creation of Le Parterre. Credit: Daoust Lestage Inc.

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The conceptual design prepared by the architects, illustrating the public space, “L’Esplanade Clark,” which would eventually contain an outdoor skating rink. Credit: Daoust Lestage Inc.

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An aerial view of Le Parterre being built. The old De Maisonneuve Boulevard is being demolished. The subway tunnel lies below.

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Working on infrastructure and public utilities on the corner of Jeanne Mance Street and De Maisonneuve.

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Preparation work: reinforcement and formwork for the construction of the mist fountain and lighting at Le Parterre.

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View of construction work from the Promenade of the Artists.

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Sidewalk during the foundation work on the Promenade of the Artists.

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Construction work using granite at Le Parterre.

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An aerial view of construction on President Kennedy and Ontario Streets. The newly built De Maisonneuve Boulevard is on the left.

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Installation of the lighting superstructures.

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Installation of lighting and sodding at Le Parterre. One challenge was to cater to the architect’s request to build the smallest gutter possible which includes appropriate fixtures and nozzles necessary to create the fog effect.

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The mist fountain activated at Le Parterre during the day.

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View of the Promenade of the Artists: kiosks—called, “ephemeral windows,” can be used for multiple exhibition events, i.e. paintings, installation of swings, etc. They are serviced by water, sewer and electricity.

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Ephemeral windows are made of steel, precast white concrete elements. They can be removed as required. Credit: Daoust Lestage Inc.

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Promenade of the Artists with their frames and unique lighting was designed by the architect. Our electrical engineers delivered technical support to ensure that the highest standards were met, a fine example of engineering design service! Credit: Daoust Lestage Inc.

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Even between festivals and events, the Promenade of the Artists is animated. Credit: Daoust Lestage Inc.

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An art exhibition at Le Parterre uses frame support of the Ephemeral Windows as well as light and fog effects, all combined with music. Credit: Daoust Lestage Inc.

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