Retention Pond Giovanni-Caboto _ Laval - Phénix de l'environnement
2001 - 2006
City of Laval
Awards & mentions
Phénix de l’environnement 2006 – Gouvernment of Quebec, category « Protection and Enhancement of the Natural Environment
Environmental and sustainable benefits
- Protection of natural habitats
- Sustainable stormwater management
- Creation of ecosystems and green corridors
- Increased biodiversity
- Increased biomass
- Sustainable materials
- Social responsibility
- Health and well-being
- Lower infrastructure costs
- Lower maintenance costs
- Quicker approvals time for permits (MELCC, etc.)
Naturalisation of a stormwater management basin and the creation of a wetland ecosystem.
By integrating a design concept linked and adapted for the site and its surrounding context, the project sparked the emergence of a sense of place and allowed for a better comprehension and acceptation of the site importance among the local residents.
From an environmental standpoint, the project highlights the quality of a wetland ecosystem, a free water pond, a forest of pioneer vegetation species and an urban prairie where ducks, herons and a vast number of small mammals’ species have elected residence. Visitors can now appreciated the high biodiversity of this site from a privileged point of view.