The 2016 Ontario Concrete Awards have recognized several projects that effectively applied concrete in construction in four key categories: architectural, structural, materials and constructability and sustainability.
The awards were presented at a Construct Canada dinner on Nov. 30.
Architectural Merit – Queen Richmond Centre West, Toronto
Two five-floor historic buildings in the city’s downtown entertainment district were reused, in conjunction with the construction of a new 11-floor concrete office tower above the existing buildings.
Owner: Allied Properties REIT; architect: Sweeny & Co. Architects Inc; engineer: Stephenson Engineering Ltd.; general contractor: Eastern Construction Company Limited; forming contractor, Alliance Forming Ltd.; material supplier: St. Marys CBM. Other participants included: Aluma Systems, BASF Canada Inc., Carpenters Local 27, Ecovert, Gilbert Steel Limited, Ironworkers Local 721, LIUNA Local 506, and United Floor Ltd.
Architectural Hardscape – Rouge Crest Park, Richmond Hill
This five-hectare park’s design is based on patterns found in nature, interwoven into surface treatments.
Owner: Town of Richmond Hill; architects: Schollen & Company Inc./Town of Richmond Hill; engineer: Engineering Link Incorporated; general contractor: Rutherford Contracting Ltd.; materials supplier: Dufferin Concrete, a division of CRH Canada Group Inc.; additional participants: Alpha Precasts, Curbside Construction, Euclid Canada and LIUNA Local 183.
Infrastructure – Derry Road/CN Grade Separation, Milton
The contractor needed to maintain road and rail traffic through the site during construction of a new four-lane underpass to eliminate an existing at-grade rail crossing.
Owner: Halton Region; engineer: R.V. Anderson Associates Limited; general contractor: New-Alliance Ltd.; material suppliers: Dufferin Concrete, a division of CRH Canada Group Inc., and Con Cast Pipe; additional participants: Deep Foundations, Euclid Canada, Harris Rebar, Ironworkers Local 736, LIUNA Local 183.
Institutional building – Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory, Kingston
There were special challenges in designing and building the specialized Queen’s University laboratory to stimulate conditions that materials experience inside a nuclear reactor. Concrete effectively absorbs neutrons, but metal needed to be avoided so the rebar was fibreglass.
Owner: Queen’s University; architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects and Shoaltz & Zaback Architects Ltd., in joint venture; engineer: Read Jones Christofferson Ltd.; general contractor: T.A. Andre & Sons (Ontario) Ltd.; material supplier: Sousa Ready Mix; additional participants: Carpenters Local 249, Du Toit Allsopp Hiller, HH Angus, Ironworkers Local 765, Josselyn Engineering Inc., Kimco Steel, LIUNA Local 183 (Kingston), Sika Canada Inc., Turner & Townsend Inc.
Material Development and Innovation – River City Condominium Phase 2, Toronto
This $300 million LEED Gold project’s second phase included 248 units in a building designed to appear as three connected 12-storey mini towers.
Owner: Urban Capital; architect: Saucier + Perrotte Architectes/ZAS Architects; engineer: Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Limited; general contractor: Bluescape Construction Management Inc.; forming contractor: Vuemont Structure; material supplier: St. Marys CBM; additional participants: Aluma Systems, BASF Canada, LIUNA Local 183, Salit Steel.
Mid-to-High Rise Residential – The Onyx at the Barrel Yards, Waterloo
Precast concrete allowed the contractor to quickly complete the two 25-storey towers.
Owner: Auburn Developments Inc.; architect: Turner Fleischer Architects Inc.; engineer: HGS Limited, Consulting Engineers; general contractor: Stonerise Construction Inc.; forming contractor: Redline Structures Inc.; material suppliers: Stubbe’s Precast, Hogg Fuel & Supply Ltd.; additional participants: Aluma Systems, Sika Canada Inc.
Specialty Concrete Construction – Concrete House, Toronto
This 380 sq. m. residence was built with concrete sandwich panel construction, and board-formed concrete is he house’s predominant finish.
Owners: John Pylpczak and Diti Katona; architect: Angela Tsementzis Architect; engineer: Blackwell Structural Engineers; general contractor: Marcus Design Build; materials supplier, Innocon Inc.; additional participants: BASF Canada Inc., Building Science Consulting Inc., LIUNA Local 183.
Structural Design Innovation – Audi Midtown Toronto
The seven storey reinforced concrete structure used an estimated 8,500 cu. m. Of concrete of varying strengths, reflecting the building’s different functions including showrooms, service bays and parking, each on different levels.
Owner: Audi Canada; architect: Teeple Architects Inc.; engineer: Read Jones Christofferson Ltd; general contractor: Eastern Construction Company Limited; forming contractor: Avenue Building Corporation; material supplier: Dufferin Concrete, a division of CRH Canada Group Inc.; additional participants: Aluma Systems, Carpenters Local 27, Euclid Canada, Gilbert Steel, Ironworkers Local 721, LIUNA Local 506, Peto MacCallum Ltd.
Sustainable Concrete Construction – W.Ross Macdonald School – Senior student residence for the blind and deaf-blind, Brantford
This LEED Silver residence needed to be designed with student’s needs in mind, especially their sensitivity to sound/noise, with special considerations for wayfinding.
Owner: Ministry of Infrastructure/Infrastructure Ontario/Ministry of Education – Provincial Schools branch; architect: MMMC Architects; engineer: Tacoma Engineers; general contractor; PCR Contractors Inc.; material supplier, St. Marys CBM; additional participants: BASF Canada Inc., Carpenters Local 785, EllisDon Corporation, LIUNA Local 1081.