2012 Niagara Community Design Awards - Winners

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This is the eighth year of the Design Awards. The objective of the Niagara Community Design Awards is to recognize and celebrate excellence in design in the Niagara Region that demonstrates the application of Smart Growth Principles. This year’s awards continue to focus on projects that enhance the built environment, efficiently use land, and demonstrate creativity and vision.


Award Winners

Larger Scale Project

This award recognizes an infill or redevelopment project that is larger in scale or nature that demonstrates excellence in design. This project creatively and effectively uses land, is complimentary to the existing surroundings, and intensifies and provides additional choice within the area.

2012 Award Winner: Phelps Homes – Residences at Jordan Village, Lincoln


Paul Phelps, President, Phelps Homes


Kathleen Dale, Director of Planning and Development, Town of Lincoln


Joseph G. A. Colonna Architects Inc.


Upper Canada Consultants

Specialist Consultant

James McWilliam Landscape Architects

This thirty unit townhouse development was initiated in 2007 and completed in 2012. The development is set in Jordan at the edge of the Escarpment. It is being recognized for the clear attention to detail of the units that not only makes each of the units distinctive, but also uses the available space in a pleasing manner that includes landscaping, a central gathering space, and private amenity areas.

House at Residences at Jordan Village Pergola at Residences at Jordan Village House at Residences at Jordan Village

2012 Award Winner: Niagara College, Welland Campus Redevelopment


Teresa Quinlin, Vice President of Corporate Services, Niagara College


Steve Done, Senior Associate, architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson Inc.


architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson Inc.


Vanderwesten Rutherford Mantecon

Specialist Consultant

G. O’Connor Consultants, Landscape Architects


Aquicon Construction

The redevelopment of the Welland Campus of Niagara College has dramatically transformed the campus. Featuring two new buildings, redevelopment of the common green space, road and walkway linkages, and landscaping, the development began in 2007 and was completed in 2011. This development was noted for its use of the available space in a manner that blends with the existing buildings and flow of the campus, while also reaching out to the nearby surroundings.

Facade of Niagara College, Welland CampusNiagara College, Welland Campus Interior of Niagara College, Welland Campus

2012 Honourable Mention: Kiwanis Aquatic Centre and Grantham Branch Library, St. Catharines


Colin Briggs, CAO, City of St. Catharines


Duff Balmer, Principal, Perkins + Will Canada


Perkins + Will Canada

Associate Architect

Macdonald Zuberec Ensslen Architects

Structural Engineer

Blackwell Bowick

Mechanical Engineer

Smith and Andersen

Electrical Engineer

Mulvey + Banani International

Site Services Consultant

Denco Engineering

LEED Consultant

Enermodal Engineering


Bondfield Construction Co. Ltd.

Initiated in 2008 and opened in 2012, the Centre has responded to recreation and library needs in combination with the surrounding parkland. The development features an aquatic facility, library and administrative space for the City. It is noted for the environmental sustainability of the materials and landscaping, and the design of the facility that effectively uses space and presents a positive architectural feature in the community.

Interior of Grantham Branch Library Exterior of Kiwanis Aquatic Centre and Grantham Branch Library Pool at Kiwanis Aquatic Centre

Public Realm Improvement

This award recognizes excellence in design of the spaces between the places, and presents a significant improvement to the public realm. This category may include public art, parking lots, parks, or road realignment that effectively integrates with the surrounding buildings, is accessible, and contributes to the beautification and use of the site.

2012 Award Winner: St. Catharines Horticultural Society Garden


The St. Catharines Green Committee


Scott Ritchie, Urban Design Planner, City of St. Catharines

Consulting Firm

Montgomery Brothers



Specialist Consultant

Valleybrook Gardens

This development was done in 2004 and has made a dramatic difference to this space at the corners of Niagara and Church Streets. Recognized for the contributions by a community group, this development has positively contributed to the public realm with various plantings, seating and landscaping treatments.

Garden at Niagara and Church Streets Garden at Niagara and Church Streets Garden at Niagara and Church Streets

2012 Honourable Mention: Ridge Road North Reconstruction and Public Realm Improvement, Fort Erie


Town of Fort Erie


Chris Millar, Neighbourhood Planner, Town of Fort Erie

Consulting Firm

Kerry T Howe Engineering Limited


Alfred Beam Excavating Limited

This development began in 2009 and ended in 2011 and involved both underground servicing and streetscaping such as benches, bollards, light standards, grading and sidewalks as well as a redefined parking lot that hosts the farmer’s market. It is recognized for the attention to detail including the accessibility features, street names in the concrete, and street standards with flags that give the street a consistent flow.

Sidewalk at Ridge Road North Reconstruction Sidewalk at Ridge Road North Reconstruction Street at Ridge Road North Reconstruction


This award recognizes architectural excellence by a Niagara architect, and may be a new building, or addition to an existing. Architectural excellence may include use of urban design, new technologies, design, building layout, or integration of styles. This award recognizes a high degree of creativity. This award is sponsored by the Niagara Society of Architects.

2012 Award Winner: City of St. Catharines Carlisle Street Parking Facility


Mayor Brian McMullan, City of St. Catharines


Greg A. Redden, Macdonald Zuberec Ensslen Architects Inc.

Structural Engineer/LEED Consultant

Halsall Associates Ltd.


Macdonald Zuberec Ensslen Architects Inc.

Mechanical/Electrical Engineer

Smith and Andersen


Bondfield Construction Co. Ltd.

The development, replacing a parking structure, began in 2010 and was completed in 2011 and features six hundred parking spaces and 1200 sq. metres of commercial space. It is recognized for the pleasing design that both complements and integrates with the surrounding fabric and uses, while also featuring environmentally-friendly features.

Interior of Carlisle Street Parking Facility Exterior of Carlisle Street Parking Facility Exterior of Carlisle Street Parking Facility

Façade Improvement

This award recognizes an improvement to the façade of a building that may or may not have internal improvements. The primary feature of this award is the revitalization of the street face of the building that demonstrates creativity. This award may recognize heritage restoration or a more modern approach.

2012 Award Winner: Quebec Bank, Thorold

Owner and Nominated

George Cottage


Corporation of the City of Thorold


David Stacey, Mechanical Engineer, Genivar

Specialist Consultant

Studio 76

Specialist Consultant

Vintage Arts Studio

This restoration has transformed the façade of the Quebec Bank building back to its original splendour. The development began in 2009 and was completed in 2012. It is recognized for the attention to detail, beauty of the façade and mural, and the transformative power this development will and has had in the downtown core.

Quebec Bank restoration Facade of Quebec Bank Interior of Quebec Bank

2012 Honourable Mention: Antica Pizzeria, Niagara Falls

Nominator, Nominated and Architect

Michael Allen, Principal, Allen & Chui Architects Inc.

Structural Engineer

Chris Turner Associates Inc.

The redevelopment that has updated and transformed the face of this business began in 2011 and was finished in 2012. Located in the busy Clifton Hill area, this redevelopment has brought a European look and greater presence with the defined entrance. It has been recognized for the attention to detail and connection to the street.

Exterior of Antica Pizzeria Exterior of Antica Pizzeria Exterior of Antica Pizzeria

Adaptive Re-use

This award recognizes the re-use of an existing building or buildings, and possible intensification of a site. The primary feature of this project is the re-use of the former building(s) in a manner that demonstrates creativity, reintegrates the site into the community, and provides a mix of uses and choice into the surrounding neighbourhood.

2012 Award Winner: Stone Mill Inn Project, St. Catharines


Nino Donatelli, President, Donatelli Productions Limited


H.A. Patrick Little, Partner, Heelis Williams Little & Almas


J. David Pounder Limited

The former Lybster Mill building was restored from the former paper mill lands through a process that began in 2004 and was completed in 2012. The adaptive reuse has involved land assembly and substantial site remediation, restoration and conversion to create three commercial units, thirty-five hotel rooms, and an office. This development has been recognized for effectively transforming an unused space to a thriving business area that celebrates the history of the areas and beautifies this section of the city.

Interior of Stone Mill Inn Interior of Stone Mill Inn Exterior of Stone Mill Inn

Policy and Plans

This award recognizes an approved Official Plan, Neighbourhood/Secondary Plan, Design Guideline, Community Improvement Plan, Master Plan or development plan that focuses on the smart growth principles such as a mix of uses, walkability, and compact development. Also considered important to this award is an effective public consultation process.

2012 Award Winner: Beamsville Community Improvement Plan and Commercial Façade Design Guidelines, Lincoln

Nominated and Consultants

Luciano Piccioni, President, RCI Consulting & Kevin Muir, Senior Planner, GSP Group


Kathleen Dale, Director of Planning & Development, Town of Lincoln

Beginning in 2010 and completed in 2011, this Community Improvement Plan and Design Guideline document sets out to transform a well-established community. The consultation of the document involved a number of community engagement events, and a Technical Advisory Committee consisting of members of the local business community. Early indications point to a great deal of interest by the business community in using some of the available incentives. The document is recognized for its clear language, realizable priority setting and implementation measures.

Facade of Beamsville commercial area Beamsville street corner gate in Beamsville

2012 Honourable Mention: Downtown Urban Design Guidelines, City of St. Catharines

Nominator and Nominated

Scott Ritchie, Urban Design Planner, City of St. Catharines

Written between 2011 and early 2012 the guidelines are intended to be a living document that provide a design plan for the evolving downtown core. The guidelines help implement the City Plan and included consultation with many local groups. It is recognized for the extensive research that went into the document, and focus on the pedestrian realm.

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Overall Excellence Award

2012 Award Winner: Niagara Falls History Museum

Nominator and Nominated

Clark Bernat, Museum Manager, Niagara Falls History Museum


City of Niagara Falls


Moriyama and Teshima Architects


Collaborative Structures Limited

This development features the addition of 10,000 square feet of gallery and administrative space to the existing Museum that was originally built in 1874. The Museum project began in 2010 and was completed in 2012. It has creatively transformed the existing museum space bringing light and energy to the interior, and effectively utilized the space available including bringing the building closer to the street and rejuvenating the back to provide an events courtyard. As the first project brought forward by the Panel for this Award, the Museum does an exceptional job of blending old and new, creating vibrancy in the facility as well as outside, and using the available space effectively.

Interior of Niagara Falls History Museum Exterior of Niagara Falls History Museum Exterior of Niagara Falls History Museum

All photos courtesy of nominated

Congratulations to all of our 2012 Niagara Community Design Award Winners

About the Niagara Community Design Award Sculpture

Transformation - Niagara Community Design Award Sculpture

The sculpture is titled Transformation. Just as the moon goes through many stages before it becomes the complete image, so too does a community go through stages as it revitalizes itself into being a thriving place for people to live, work, go to school, shop, play and gather. The cyclical nature of our communities to gather themselves up and bring about a transformation is the essential reason this sculpture so well defines the concept of the Niagara Community Design Awards and its objectives.

The weight of the sculpture signifies the dramatic and powerful effect good design can have on a place. Similarly the balance demonstrated in the Award sculpture portrays the desire for creative approaches that have to be balanced with the needs of the neighbourhood and community.

Appreciation for both the natural environment and the need for growth creates the conditions for sustainable prosperity. Finally the variety of textures and colours symbolizes the very essence of good design. Creativity, imagination and innovation combined with passion and a commitment to excellence, are all necessary elements of Transformation.

About the Artist

Mark Griffis is a resident of Fort Erie, renowned sculptor and art/drama teacher at St. Paul High School in Niagara Falls. He is the President of Griffis Studios, and a Director of the Ashford Hollow Foundation which oversees the operation of a 25 studio art complex, in Buffalo, and Griffis Sculpture Park – a 400 acre nature and art preserve with 10 miles of hiking trails and over 200 monumental sculptures. Mark is the creative force in the production and installation of monumental sculpture projects for clients such as Roswell Park, St. Joseph’s Hospital and the University of Buffalo and his works have been featured in numerous art shows and design magazines.

Awards Review Committee

Richard Baker - Retired, Niagara Society of Architects
Glenn Barr - President, Barr Associates
Dr. Hugh Gayler – Retired, Professor
John Gittings - Manager, Planning and Development, Niagara College
Ruedi Hofer - Retired, Landscape Architect
Ken Gonyou – Vice President, Land Development, Phelps Homes Ltd.
Douglas McNaughton - Commercial Sales Rep., Royal LePage Niagara Real Estate Centre
Bryan Morris - Community Renewal Co-ordinator, City of St. Catharines
Barbara Wiens - Principal Planner, Quartek Group Inc.

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