Le Groupe Rousseau Lefebvre

Bonaventure Project _Montreal - First SITES v2 certification in Canada + Laureate of the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN



City of Montreal

Awards & mentions

  • First SITES v2 certification in Canada, 2018
  • 2019 CSLA National Award | Medium-Scale Public Landscapes Designed by a Landscape Architect (1 to 5 ha)
  • GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN - 12th Edition Awards | Category « Environmental Project of Landscape Architecture », 2019
  • Annual Award for Planning Excellence | Category « Urban design », Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), 2018
  • Elixir Contest | Best Project Management, Project Management Institute (PMI) Montréal, 2018
  • Grand prix d’excellence en transport | Category « Infrastructures », Association québécoise des transports (AQTr), 2018
  • Sustainable Urban Transportation Award, Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), 2018
  • INOVA Awards | Mention of Excellence by the jury - Category « Large Urbanism Project », Urban development institute of Quebec (UDI), 2018
  • Downtown Achievement Award, Pinnacle Award | Catégorie « Public Space », International Downtown Association (IDA), 2018


  • GHD
  • Luu Nguyen architecte paysagiste
  • Ombrages
  • SDC Signature design communication
  • Tetra Tech QI

Environmental and sustainable benefits

  • Increased biomass
  • Heat island mitigation
  • Techniques for the sustainability of plants
  • Sustainable stormwater management
  • Municipal water treatment, overflow reduction and recovery of water for reuse
  • Creation of adaptable spaces
  • Lower usage and maintenance costs

The mandate was to complete the final project, the execution of plans and specifications and site supervision for the development of the center islands of Boulevard Robert-Bourassa which are created from the spaces recovered following the demolition of the Bonaventure Expressway.

This project is one of the major legacies of the 375th anniversary of Montreal in 2017. The recovery of public spaces of this magnitude in urban areas is unique in Montreal. The ambitions were great for the creation of this place that aim to be exceptional. The project team took up the challenge and delivered the project on time, within the scope and on budget.

The site will initially host a colossal work of art, more than 10 meters tall, by Jaume Plensa, Spanish sculptor, who welcomes the newcomers in the first islet at the foot of the city center. A series of spaces then follow one another to create a long walk through 5 large islands, which receives other large sculptures. An immense bench, the unifying gesture, winds through the spaces, creating a sense of unity and excessiveness.

The Bonaventure Project earned the first SITES v2 certification in Canada in May 2018. SITES certification is administered by the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) in Washington, D.C.

The criteria highlighted by the certification aim to:

  • reduce water demand;
  • filter and reduce storm water runoff from sewers;
  • reduce energy consumption;
  • improve air quality and human health in general;
  • increase outdoor recreational opportunities.