The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) celebrated the achievements of industry individuals, organizations, and projects with its annual awards program last month.
Person of the Year Award
Paul Douglas, CEO of PCL Construction, was granted the 2016 Person of the Year Award for his leadership, high standards, and pursuit of excellence. Among other achievements, he was recently appointed to the Alberta Business Hall of Fame and developed PCL’s Leadership Academy.
Excellence in Innovation Award
As the name indicates, this award is intended to honour firms implementing groundbreaking construction practices. The ‘Carboclave block,’ a technology using industry-recovered carbon dioxide (CO2) for concrete curing, was developed by Boehmers and McGill University and earned the former this award.
Environmental Achievement Award
PCL Construction echoed its CEO’s success in winning the Environmental Achievement Award. This is primarily thanks to the company’s work on the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College (Kelowna, B.C.), which performed well under the Living Building Challenge’s (LBC’s) site, water, energy, health, materials, equity, and beauty categories.
International Business Award
Seven-year-old Produits Métalliques (PMI), based in Rimouski, Qué., earned the International Business Award for its business excellence in the region, across the country, and internationally. This manufacturer and installer of steel structures has performed work for clients as far as Africa, and provided 300 tonnes of steel and 15 shipping containers measuring 12-m (40-ft) for the Republic of Benin’s National Assembly.
National Safety Award
Deep Foundations Contractors was honoured with the National Safety Award for its commitment to ensuring worker and public safety. The company implements strategies such as pairing new workers with mentors, ensuring daily risk assessment (DRA) forms are completed before work begins, and creating more safety-conscious equipment (notably including a pile-driving spotter with functionality preventing torsional loading of the lattice boom). Additionally, other firms have adopted work permits developed by Deep Foundations Contractors internally.
Partner Association Award of Excellence
The Calgary Construction Association earned this award for being an exceptional partner of CCA. Raising concerns regarding poor contract conditions to the City of Calgary last year, the association worked with the city to review 74 clauses and amend 62, as well as revising the city’s Prequalification of Prime Contractors application process, creating new learning opportunities, and adding a Young Leaders group to its offerings.
Community Leader Award
For its exceptional offerings in the areas of consultation, sponsorship and donations, and employment and volunteering opportunities, Kitchener, Ont.-based Gateman-Milloy earned the Community Leader Award. Among other efforts, it provides equipment, tour opportunities, and advice to students of local Conestoga College’s heavy equipment operator program and has a grant set up for the college’s civil engineering technology/architecture construction engineering technology programs. The company has also hired 10 graduates of the latter program since its inception. To read more about one of its recent projects, check out this Construction Canada feature on Toronto’s new BMX Supercross Track facility.
Gold Seal Association Award
This award is intended for exceptional CCA partner associations certified under the Gold Seal program. The Calgary Construction Association took another victory here, given the quality of its Gold Seal projects (such as the Seton Recreation Facility) and its leadership (spurring the program’s committee to revise its guidelines and encouraging the City of Calgary to ensure all project managers are Gold Seal-certified).
The following Awards of Recognition were also granted:
- General Contractor Award of Recognition (to Kees Cusveller of Graham Group);
- Trade Contractor Award of Recognition (to Patrick Waunch of Rambow Mechanical);
- Civil Infrastructure Award of Recognition (to Steve Cruickshank of Cruickshank Construction); and
- Manufacturers, Suppliers, and Services Award of Recognition (to John Owens of Revay and Associates).
For more information, visit the CCA site.
From more than 140 submissions, winners have been selected for this year’s Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Awards. Judged on criteria such as creativity, context, sustainability, design/business quality, and legacy, the winning projects span various categories.
“The OAA Awards showcase the exceptional work that Ontario architects are doing in the province, Canada, and around the world,” says John Stephenson, the association’s president. “Each year, I’m blown away at the creativity and forward thinking architects bring to their projects.”
Ten projects were named in the Design Excellence Award category, from a shortlist of 20. Winners in all categories will be honoured at the Celebration of Excellence Ceremony, which concludes the 2017 RAIC/OAA Festival of Architecture in Ottawa next month.
“On behalf of the OAA, I congratulate all of this year’s winners for their extraordinary work in representing the creativity and innovations of architects across the province,” Stephenson says. “All projects submitted for the Design Excellence Awards this year have showed communities just how much architects can help.”
Design Excellence Award winners were as follows:
- Teeple Architects Inc.’s Boulevard Club West Wing Replacement in Toronto;
- MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Ltd.’s Centennial College Ashtonbee Campus Library & Student HUB in Toronto and Conestoga College Student Recreation Centre in Kitchener;
- LGA Architectural Partners’ youth housing development, Eva’s Phoenix, in Toronto;
- KPMB Architects’ Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo;
- Sweeny & Co. Architects’ Queen Richmond Centre West at 134 Peter Street in Toronto;
- Saucier + Perrotte Architectes and ZAS Architects Inc.’s River City–Phase 1 & 2 in Toronto;
- Kohn Shnier Architects’ Rosemary House, a residential project in Toronto;
- Atelier Kastelic Buffey Inc.’s Story Pod in Newmarket; and
- Rounthwaite Dick & Hadley Architects Inc.’s Williams Parkway (Phase 1) in Brampton.
Awards were granted in several other categories as well, with the following winners:
- blackLab architects inc. (Best Emerging Practice);
- Studio JCI Inc.’s Shobuj Pata multi-unit residential development (Concepts);
- Jennifer Davis and Jon Sasaki’s Forwards and Backwards (Concepts);
- Moriyama & Teshima Architects’ Ontario Science Centre (Landmark Designation Award);
- Townend Stefura & Baleshta Architects’ Fielding Memorial Chapel of St. Mark at Thornloe University in Sudbury (Landmark Designation Award);
- J. William Birdsell (G. Randy Roberts Service Award); and
- Sheila Penny (Order of da Vinci).
At the awards ceremony in May, additional winners will be announced for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award, Michael V. & Wanda Plachta Award, and People’s Choice Award. Voting for the latter is open now.
More than 400 design/construction professionals celebrated structural and architectural wood projects at the Vancouver Convention Centre earlier this month. Sponsored by WoodWorks! BC, the Wood Design Awards’ 13 categories received a record 114 nominations this year, with international and Canada-wide submissions in addition to British Columbian.
Projects were judged for their ability to showcase wood’s benefits (e.g. strength, beauty, versatility, and cost-effectiveness), by a panel including:
- Adele Weder, MASA, MRAIC (Hon), an architectural journalist;
- Bob Smith, B.Sc.F., M.Sc., of Canfor;
- Karla Fraser of Urban One Builders; and
- Ed Lim of United Building Systems.
“With wood now recognized for its ability to significantly reduce carbon impacts in our built environment and increase construction efficiency, it is playing a leading role in a design and building revolution,” said Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director of WoodWorks! BC. “The relentless exploration of new frontiers with wood is the foundation of our awards program, and the projects presented here this evening provide a view into the future.”
The winners included:
- Dana Westermark of Oris Consulting earned the Wood Champion Award for pioneering work in mid-rise residential buildings;
- Fast + Epp earned the Engineer Award for the cost-effective, practical, and esthetically appealing roof structure of its Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre (Surrey, B.C.);
- HCMA Architecture + Design earned the Architect Award for both supporting wood use in the industry and recognizing its various contributions to British Columbian communities;
- Iain Weir-Jones of Weir-Jones Group earned the Wood Innovation Award for Shoreline by MGA, which used the material to create a design that was modern, unique, and welcoming;
- Vancouver Coastal Health Authority earned the Environmental Performance Award for its efficient implementation of modular construction in building Bella Bella Passive House;
- Kengo Kuma of Kengo Kuma and Associates of Tokyo, Japan, earned the Jury’s Choice Award for Shaw Tower Teahouse, Vancouver; and
- Hacker earned the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Award for Lakeside at Black Butte Ranch, Oregon.
Other winners earned awards according to the list of categories, including:
- residential wood design, awarded to Bo Helliwell and Kim Smith of Helliwell + Smith | Blue Sky Architecture for Arbutus House in Victoria;
- multi-unit residential wood design, awarded to Innovation Building Group Ltd. for its Solana project in Whistler;
- commercial wood design, awarded to Chris Jacques of Read Jones Christofferson Ltd. for Tsawwassen Mills;
- interior beauty design, awarded to Ron Windjack of HDR | CEI Architecture Associates Inc. for an addition to Mulgrave Senior School;
- small institutional wood design, awarded to Shelley Craig of Urban Arts Architect for University of British Columbia (UBC) Engineering Student Centre;
- large institutional wood design, awarded to Patkau Architects, represented by Patricia and John Patkau, for Audain Art Museum;
- western red cedar, awarded to Franc D’Ambrosio of D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism for Cadboro Bay Residence; and
- international wood design, awarded to Vancouver’s Michael Green Architecture (MGA) and Steve Cavanaugh of Chicago’s DLR Group for T3 (Minneapolis, Minnesota).
This fall, seven projects were honoured at the Mississauga Urban Design Awards for exceptional reflectance of the Toronto suburb competition’s theme, “Transformation by Design.”
Awards of Excellence
Two projects were granted Awards of Excellence this year. The first, the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Deerfield Hall, impressed the jury with its esthetically pleasing terra cotta cladding, accessibility to pedestrians and vehicles, visibility, site grading, and sensitivity to the building’s context. Deerfield Hall is owned by UTM, and the project consultants were Perkins + Will and Fleisher Ridout Partnership.
The other project to earn this award was Streetsville Village Square, owned by the City of Mississauga with CS & P Architects as the consultant. The project’s red brick pavers and white features served to enhance its appearance, but above all, jurors were impressed by the square’s subtlety.
“[Streetsville Village Square] is not doing all sorts of gymnastics to grab everyone’s attention,” said one juror. “Instead, it does exactly what it is supposed to do.”
Healthy by Design
‘Healthy by Design’ awards are intended for projects exemplifying the elements of healthy development, namely:
- service proximity;
- land-use mix;
- street connectivity;
- streetscape characteristics; and
One of the two projects awarded in this category, HOT Condos, was honoured for its innovation, design, and street visibility. Owned by PSCP #976 and Great Gulf, with Quadrangle Architects and The MBTW Group as project consultants, this project used prefabricated panels to incorporate sustainable materials and bold colours into a traffic-heavy intersection. It also enhances walkability in the area.
Square One Shopping Centre North Expansion/Simons was also awarded in this category, for connectivity and future innovation. This redevelopment encouraged traffic at the transit hub across the street, but also served to open up the mall space and encourage pedestrians to move through it, as well as changing a parking lot to a community gathering space. This project is owned by Oxford Properties Group, OMERS Realty Management, and 156 Square One. MMC International Architects, Lemaymichaud (partnered with figure3), and DTAH acted as consultants.
Award of Merit for Quality and Green Initiatives
This award went to Fire Station 119 and Peel Regional Paramedic Satellite Station, owned by the City of Mississauga with Hossack & Associates Architects and Graham Hess & Associates as project consultants. This sustainably constructed building should be the city’s first to achieve Gold in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, and features natural light, affordable but durable finishes, and 3000 m2 (32,291 sf) of permeable pavers intended to divert stormwater.
Award of Merit for Building Design and Execution
Kenaidan’s new office building earned this award, largely for the quality of its exterior zinc-and-precast-concrete finish and building design execution. Owned by Derrycrest Investments, with Kenaidan Contracting and IBI Group Architects acting as consultants, this project fits well with the nearby heritage site, Derrydale Golf Course, and the 1-ha (2 ½-acre) site.
People’s Choice Award
This award was granted according to votes collected through the City of Mississauga’s Facebook page. At 177 of 700 total votes, Sobey’s Regional Office emerged the winner, owned by Truscan Property Corporation & Lindisfarne Developments and worked on by Page + Steele/IBI Group and NAK Design Group.
This office features a sustainably minded design, targeting LEED certification with a focus on reducing carbon emissions and enhancing the work environment. Efforts to this end include a high standard for indoor air quality (IAQ) and use of recyclable materials. Ultimately, the building should use 20 per cent less energy and 40 per cent less water compared to similar structures.
Winners have been announced for the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA) annual awards, with plaques presented to a pair of Canadian projects.
Facilities built by ASBA members may qualify for these awards, depending on how they score. Winners are those considered to display ‘construction excellence,’ based on a variety of factors such as layout and design, sitework, drainage, base construction, surface, amenities, and innovation.
Any project meeting or exceeding the standard cumulative score will be declared a winner. In each category, specific winners are recognized as exceptional, earning Bronze Awards, Silver Awards, or the title of Outstanding Facility of the Year. This year, not only did two Canadian facilities rank as winners, but one also went on to earn the highest honour in its division.
A running track by Carpell Surfaces, located at Gerard Filion Secondary School in Longueuil, Qué., has been named 2016’s Outstanding Outdoor Track Facility of the Year. Despite delayed drying times caused by cold weather, this project was completed on time, and features an asphalt base with a polyurethane surface. Successful installation of this system hinged on a high degree of precision, to ensure the appropriate thickness of each of its four layers. The design of the track is intended to meet International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Class 1 standards.
Another of Carpell Surfaces’ projects, the York Lions Stadium in Toronto, was declared a winner in the same division.
Other Outstanding Facilities of the Year include:
- Army Navy Country Club by Tennis Courts, Inc. (Arlington, Va.) as Outstanding Outdoor Tennis Facility of the Year;
- Gladwyne Residence by Pro-Sport Construction (Gladwyne, Pa.) as Outstanding Residential Tennis Facility of the Year;
- Banta Bowl, Lawrence University by Rettler Corp. (Appleton, Wis.) as Outstanding Single-field Facility of the Year;
- Shoreline Athletic Facility by Siegfried Engineering, Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) as Outstanding Multi-field Facility of the Year; and
- Virtue Field House at Middlebury College by Sasaki Associates Inc. (Middlebury, Vt.) as Outstanding Indoor Track Facility of the Year.
A full list of winners, which were announced last month at the association’s technical meeting in Amelia Island, Fla., is available here.