Vendôme intermodal hub becomes first Montréal métro station to earn recognition in sustainable development

Press release

The Vendôme intermodal hub project, managed by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), was recognized with an Envision Gold Award for excellence in sustainable development. It is the first métro station in Montréal to receive such an award.

Inaugurated on May 31, 2021, the project involved constructing a second fully accessible entrance building at Vendôme métro station, creating a pedestrian link to the McGill University Health Centre Glen campus, and connecting the site to the adjacent exo commuter train station.

In addition to the project components related to mobility and Universal Accessibility, the following aspects were instrumental in earning this recognition.

Stakeholder collaboration

  • Design meets the needs of all project stakeholders
  • Dialogue with stakeholders at key stages of the project
  • Reduction of construction impact:
    • Requirements imposed to limit the work’s impact on residents (noise, vibration, truck traffic, dust, etc.)
    • Good neighbourhood committee formed during the construction phase to discuss and understand project issues and find solution

      Urban planning
  • Surface buildings constructed with urban integration in mind
  • Reduced urban heat island effect
  • Project resilience to the impact of climate change (heavy rain)

Environmental footprint

  • Glass powder from recycled bottles used in bus terminal paving concrete
  • Green roof incorporated into design
  • Operational impact reduction: 56% less energy and 34% less water consumption
  • Materials used:
    • Over 35% of materials meet responsible procurement criteria
    • 9% recycled materials
    • 40% locally sourced materials
  • Resilient landscaping (native plants) requiring little maintenance and no pesticides or fertilizers
  • Construction phase:
    • Over 75% of construction waste recycled and reclaimed
    • Contaminated soil management
    • Pollution prevention during the work

“Today, the STM accepts our second Envision Award, having received our first for the Côte-Vertu garage project,” says Eric Alan Caldwell, Chair of the STM Board of Directors. “This recognition reaffirms our commitment to sustainable development and our teams’ expertise in implementing innovative solutions for major projects that benefit neighbouring communities—truly, everybody wins.”

About Envision

This Gold-level recognition was awarded by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). The Envision reference framework is the leading sustainable development tool in North America for major infrastructure projects. It was developed to cover all the sustainable development aspects of an infrastructure project and each phase of its life cycle: planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance, and end-of-life.