The City of Sainte-Thérèse presented the first conceptual images of its future arena, which will be built on the grounds of Collège Lionel-Groulx on Saint‑Louis Street. As the planning stage for the project draws to a close, groundbreaking should take place in the fall.
Over the past few months, the engineering firm FNX-INNOV inc. and the firm TLA Architectes inc., established the plans and specifications for the new arena, in order to propose a building that meets the various criteria established by the City. Thus, the public call for tenders will be launched in the spring for the completion of the work.
A contemporary and sustainable arena
The most recent sketches, produced by TLA Architectes Inc., show a building with a modern and uncluttered look, highlighting wooden elements. The use of this material gives a warm and welcoming atmosphere. On the other hand, the abundant fenestration on the facade leaves room for natural light, contributing to the comfort of users.
In terms of amenities, it is an infrastructure with one mirror and six locker rooms, including bleachers that can accommodate 336 people, as well as an entrance hall and various administrative, functional, and technical rooms.
“It was in 1950 that the construction of the first arena was launched at this location by the Séminaire de Sainte-Thérèse. For nearly 70 years, tens of thousands of Teresians practiced their favorite sport there. Today, I am proud to present a new arena with lovely lines which, moreover, blends perfectly into its environment thanks to an interior stone wall reminiscent of that of Lionel-Groulx College,” said the mayor of the city of Sainte‑Thérèse, Mr. Christian Charron.
The new arena had to meet several objectives, in particular:
The design of equipment to save energy.
Researching best practices, greenhouse gas mitigation measures and energy efficiency measures.
Universal access to the building.
Use of it twelve months a year.
This project is made possible thanks to financial assistance obtained under the financial assistance program for recreational and sports infrastructures (PAFIRS). The maximum financial assistance is equivalent to 66.66% of eligible costs, or up to $12,716,435, of which $6,358,217.50 come from the Government of Quebec and $6,358,217.50 from the Government of Canada.