The project presented by St. George’s School calls for the development of a green roof and the planting of 22 new trees. The by-law submitted for consultation also requires that the project include a minimum of 34% of vegetated surfaces.
- Do you have any specific suggestions regarding elements that you would like to see incorporated into the greening of the St. George’s School grounds?
- Are there elements that should be avoided?
The original St. George’s School building was the creation of Fred David Lebensold, a renowned architect who also participated in the development of Montréal’s Place des Arts and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre. The building has already undergone two alterations for the purpose of expanding the school, in 1971 and 1989.
The latest planned expansion would be designed according to biophilic principles, “characterized by extensive use of polycarbonate walls that let in natural sunlight, and includes green walls on the three floors of the rear façade.”
- How do you perceive the development of new structures in the existing landscape of the area?
- Are there any elements that you would like to see accentuated or minimized in the architectural development of the new pavilion?
The planned construction of a new wing at St. George’s School calls for the greening of part of the parking lot’s paved surfaces, which would reduce the number of parking spaces from 28 to 12.
- What do you think of the idea of removing parking spaces to expand the school and re-green the yard?
- How could the school improve the management and development of the remaining parking area?
Saint-George’s School is located on the perimeter of the Mount Royal heritage site, where the Master Plan limits building coverage for purposes of green-space preservation and conservation. The building coverage ratio currently allowed is 35%, but the school buildings constructed in 1930 already occupy 48.5% of the area of the property by acquired rights. The project would increase that coverage to 55%, and therefore lead to a modification of the Mount Royal Master Protection and Enhancement Plan. The proposed project provides for a number of measures that would allow the school to increase its greening rate in spite of the increased coverage ratio. Taking into account the compensatory measures provided for in the project, and to “protect existing major institutions” to remain on the Mount Royal heritage site, the borough of Ville-Marie has expressed its support for the project.
- Do you think that keeping institutions like St. George’s School on the Mount Royal heritage site should be encouraged?
- What elements would you like to see incorporated into the project to preserve the mountain?
- Do you think that the compensatory measures are adequate?
Do you have any other preoccupation regarding this project ?
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