For us, humanizing the urban landscape starts with proposing technical solutions able to contribute in preserving or improve the quality of the urban environment, for example in facilitating the concealment of wired networks for power distribution and for telecom networks. Then, propose integration solutions, in order to minimize their negative impact in the urban setting. Finally, when appropriate, offer the possibility to include cultural contents, either artistic, historic, or even proposing a different way to provide landmarks.
We are known to have integrated the low voltage power distribution network and the wired telecom networks with the lampposts, so that homes can now connected a the nearby lamppost for the public services for power, telephone, cable distribution, and internet access. This approach simplifies construction of the various networks and eliminates the need for multiple boxes, pedestals, and hand holes traditionally found in areas with underground networks.
The acronym BRC refers to a Borne de raccordement commune, which is French for a Joint Distribution Pedestal (JDP). This concept, originally developed by MCM, in collaboration with Hydro-Québec, Bell Canada and Videotron, allows for the grouping, in the lower part of a lamppost, all of connections for the power and telecom for the surrounding homes. There are today several thousands BRCs in service in the province of Quebec, in dozens of municipalities, namely in the regions of Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa River, Eastern Townships, and Center of Quebec.
All of the MCM products are designed in the Montreal’s office of MCM Integration and are fabricated by local subcontractors, always with recyclable materials. In the spring of 2017, MCM has created its own facility to do the assembly of its products.
The original name of the company, created in 1999, was Mixed Composition Modular (MCM) Structures Inc. or more simply MCM Structures. In 2016, the company decided to change the name for MCM Integration Inc. considered more descriptive of its actual vocation, namely creating urban technical furniture well integrated in today’s urban environment.
In fact, MCM deals with several subcontractors, preferably locally, to fabricate the main components, but final assembly is generally made in MCM facilities.
Yes, the MCM products have a positive environmental impact, in several ways. Primarily, they are entirely made locally with recyclable materials using technics minimizing toxicity for the workers and for the environment. Furthermore, all of the MCM products are made to last and many come with a 25-year limited warranty. They are modular and fixable on site by trained personnel or by the MCM maintenance team.
Every concept proposed by MCM is different in some way. Firstly, all of the MCM products are designed for the Northern urban environment where snow removal operations are important. So, for example, when the product requires cables, these are always managed intrinsically. Secondly, our products are characterized with their elegance, their simplicity of operation and their durability, all of that for a reasonable cost competitive with non-optimized current solutions.
If art is the food for the soul, it feeds our human side. To be preoccupied by the design aspect of a concept or product is fine, but to stop there is a little like dressing up a nice table for your guests. If the plates remain empty, something is missing. The party won’t last long! But if we add to it good food, then your guests will be grateful. Art has the potential to transform an occasion into a more rewarding experience or at least simply a more pleasing one. Like a good meal…