Thursday, November 05, 2009

STM's Bélanger mechanical ventilation station
 work begins

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As part of Réno-Systèmes, its asset maintenance program for stationary equipment in the métro, the Société de transport de Montréal is undertaking the construction of a new mechanical ventilation station to replace the existing one.

This project, valued at approximately C$14.5 million, will respond to two needs:

• Provide a safe evacuation route for transit users as well as a secure access route for firefighters in case of an incident.

• Ensure the comfort of its clientele. The ventilation station is also used to regulate the temperature, particularly in the station, with the trains producing nearly 80 percent of the heat in the métro network.

The construction of this new mechanical ventilation station will bring the installations up to current standards and will improve the availability as well as the reliability of equipment. This station will be located in Bélanger -de -Châteaubriand Park, which is bordered by Châteaubriand and Bélanger Streets.

The first stage of the work begins Nov. 6 with the transplanting of 10 maple trees from Bélanger-de Châteaubriand Park to Père-Marquette and Beaubien parks located in the same borough. The construction work, which will last 21 months, will allow the STM to redesign Bélanger - Châteaubriand Park, a tangible benefit for all users, as the park will be revitalized and better adapted to the needs of those who frequent it.

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