• Jules-Pierre Malartre

Rigaud welcomes new town hall facilities


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

Though completed earlier this year, Rigaud’s Town Hall was officially inaugurated November 30.

The Town of Rigaud inaugurated its new town hall November 30 and the assembly room was packed with local residents, city officials, councillors and elected officials from neighboring municipalities who took part in the dedication ceremonies.

Rigaud Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. took the podium for a few emotional words.

“You have no idea how happy I am that we are here,” he said. “I can assure you it was a long wait. This building was designed to meet our needs. I am very proud of it, because we have consulted at length with many people to bring it to fruition,” Gruenwald said.

PHOTO BY JULES-PIERRE MALARTRE

Rigaud Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. addresses attendees, invited guests, and the building’s architect during the inauguration of the new town hall.

Gruenwald thanked all involved in the realization of the project, including Rigaud’s General Manager Chantal Lemieux and Public Works and Environmental Health Manager Tommy Thibault.

“Without all these people, this would not have been made possible,” Gruenwald added.

“Elected officials have dreams, and sometimes we need other people to bring us back down to earth.”

Gruenwald underlined the new building is the first one conceived to serve as a town hall. “It’s always been add-ons and modifications to existing buildings in the past.” He expressed satisfaction in bringing this project to fruition in only four years. Lemieux took a few moments to thank everyone involved and to present a brief overview of the project and its progress.

Originally planned to be 7,500 square-feet, the town hall grew to be 12,100 square-feet according to the mayor. The total cost of the final project was $5.1 million.

Gavin Affleck of architectural firm Affleck De La Riva made a few comments on the layout and design of the town hall, including the extensive use of glass.

“Mayor Gruenwald told me that the building was interesting from outside, because at night, if they left the lights on, it gave the impression that everyone was working late,” Affleck joked.

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