CSC Student Design Competition sets Kitchener challenge

48 ontario student design contest

Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) Grand Valley and Toronto Chapters are inviting participation in the fifth annual Student Design Competition, open to all current post-secondary school students in Ontario with an interest in construction-related activities including architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, interior design, construction management, innovative products, and manufacturing.

Each year a site of significant historic, architectural or community interest is chosen as a case study with the potential of aligning with concurrent design studio curriculum, the chapters say in a news release announcing the competition.

This year’s theme for the challenge is “Hospitality” and the subject building is 48 Ontario St., a 15,000+ sq. ft. building in the heart of Kitchener’s downtown technology cluster. Recently acquired from the City of Kitchener through a competitive pitch process, the new owner has a vision to repurpose the building in a way that both celebrates its past and guarantees its future.

Voisin Capital is committed to playing an active role in shaping the Region of Waterloo, the City of Guelph and surrounding communities and is an enthusiastic supporter of student mentorship, partnering with us for three successful challenges,” the statement says.

Entries may be submitted by individuals, or by teams with as many as people. While no budgetary restrictions are imposed, design proposals will be judged, in addition to visual and programming content, on their effective use of prescribed materials and (not surprisingly) the strength of their technical specification documentation.

Registration closes on Wednesday, April 25 and the final deadline for submissions is Friday, April 27 at midnight.

For complete details visit the official website at

The CSC Student Design Competition Committee says it appreciates the ongoing support from iGuide team, a local Kitchener-Waterloo start-up and emerging leader in real estate technology products with market penetration throughout the world.

The iGuide 3D virtual tour of the main and second floors at 48 Ontario Street (complete with software that dimensions the space), allows us to open up the competition to all students, providing the benefits of a site visit to those unable to travel to the site while eliminating the risks of exploring an unrestored heritage building, particularly liability to owners and contractors


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