2015 Niagara Community Design Awards - Winners

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.

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Award Winners


Large Scale Project

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

2015 Honourable Mention: Lakeland Landing, Grimsby
Nominated & Nominator John Miljan, Miljan Brothers Inc. & John Ariens, IBI Group
Consultant John Ariens, IBI Group
Architecture Firm Dan Keith & Associates
Engineer Scott Llewellyn, S. Llewellyn and Associates Ltd.
Specialist Consultant LGI Consulting Engineers Inc.
Builder Arie DeHaan, DeHaan Homes

Lakeland Landing is an infill development consisting of ten single detached dwellings on a private condominium road. Lakeland landing was noted by the Review Committee for being a well-integrated, high quality development with a comfortable feeling.

26 Lakeland Landing, Grimsby 26 Lakeland Landing, Grimsby

2015 Honourable Mention: Fleming Centre, Lincoln
Nominated & Nominator Mayor and Council, Town of Lincoln & Kathleen Dale, Town of Lincoln
Landscape Architect Helle Brodie, Brodie & Associates
Architect / Subcontractor Richard Drabus, WGD Architects
Civil Engineer Subcontractor Scott Llewellyn, S. Llewellyn and Associates Ltd.
Structural, Mechanical, Electrical Subcontractor exp Service Inc.
Builder / Main Contractor Henry Schilthus, Schilthus Construction Inc.
Project Manager for the Town of Lincoln Michael Renauld, CBRE Canada

Located in downtown Beamsville, the Fleming Centre is a mixed use facility with an arena, library, walking track, cafe and community meeting rooms. This project was noted for being centrally located, having a mix of uses available for residents in the multipurpose space, as well as the articulation of the front facade and the screened parking.

Fleming Centre, Beamsville

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.

2015 Award Winner: Fenwick Streetscape Improvements, Pelham
Nominated & Nominator Mayor and Council, Corporation of the Town of Pelham & Julie Hannah, Corporation of the Town of Pelham
Consultant Ron Palmer, The Planning Partnership
Mechanical Engineering Firm M & E Engineering Ltd.
Civil Engineering Firm SCS Consulting Group Ltd.
Electrical Consultant RTG Electrical Systems
Geotechinical Golder

The Fenwick Streetscape Improvements project has helped transform the public space in the downtown area. A significant component of the project’s design has focused on giving prominence to the designated flag pole that is symbolic and distinct to the Fenwick community. This project was noted for transforming downtown Fenwick into an inviting destination for community activities, as well as its use of traffic calming techniques, and the amount of community input and involvement involved.

Fenwick Streetscape, Pelham Fenwick Streetscape, Pelham

2015 Honourable Mention: Downtown Grimsby Arch, Grimsby
Nominated & Nominator Mayor and Council, Town of Grimsby & Michael Seaman, Town of Grimsby
Owner Town of Grimsby
Consultant Hank Huitema, Kalos Engineering Inc.
Architect Matthew Main, Town of Grimsby
Designer Sharon Porter, Grimsby Heritage Advisory Committee
Contributors Bob Leroux, Matthew Main, Alexa Cooper, Grimsby DIA; Sharon Porter, Grimsby Heritage Committee; Hank Huitema, Kalos Engineering Inc.

Located in a prominent location, the Downtown Grimsby Arch provides a visible landmark to welcome residents and visitors to the Town. The arch was noted for its use of recycled steel, and its distinctive design and placement.

Downtown Grimsby Arch, Grimsby Downtown Grimsby Arch, Grimsby

2015 Honourable Mention: Grand Old Oak Tree Stand Rejuvenation Project, Grand Avenue, Grimsby
Nominated & Nominator Mayor and Council, Town of Grimsby & Michael Seaman, Town of Grimsby
Contributors Bruce Atkinson, Sharon Porter, Andrea Eby, Bruce MacKenzie, Grimsby Heritage Advisory Committee, Original Greenscapes, Arbourwood, Janice Hogg
Community Leaders Barbara Longfield, Grimsby Heritage Advisory Group; Sharon Porter, Andrea Eby
Specialist Consultant Bruce MacKenzie
Builder John Alan (Jay) Irish, Original Greenscapes
Expert Andrew Hordyk, Arbourwood Tree Services Inc.
Municipal Heritage Janice Hogg, Town of Grimsby

This Rejuvenation Project is the result of the community and Town working together to reinterpret and restore the designated natural feature after it was destroyed. This project was noted for the unique approach to restoring the designated tree stand, the interpretation and learning opportunities involved in the space, community involvement, and focus on the evolution of the space over time.

Grand Old Oak Tree Stand Rejuvenation Project, Grand Avenue, Grimsby Grand Old Oak Tree Stand Rejuvenation Project, Grand Avenue, Grimsby

2015 Honourable Mention: Coronation Park Band Shell Pavilion, Grimsby
Nominated Bruce Atkinson, Town of Grimsby, Rene Rebello, Grimsby DIA and Original Greenscapes
Nominator Michael Seaman, Town of Grimsby
Owner Town of Grimsby
Staff Support Sarah Sweeney, Town of Grimsby
Community Partner Rene Rebello, Grimsby DIA
Builder John Alan (Jay) Irish, Original Greenscapes

Located in the heart of the downtown, the Band Shell Pavilion provides a community gathering space for performances in Coronation Park. This project was noted for its integration with the park setting, versatility, and use of natural materials.

Coronation Park Band Shell Pavilion, Grimsby Coronation Park Band Shell Pavilion, Grimsby

Architecture - Small Budget

This award recognizes architectural excellence by a Niagara architect accomplished in a project with a construction cost of up to $2 million CAD. The project may be a new building, the alteration of an existing building or the restoration of a heritage building. Candidate projects should demonstrate a high degree of creativity and manifest all three Vitruvian principles of architecture: Firmatis - Utilitas - Venustatis. This award is proudly sponsored by the Niagara Society of Architects.

2015 Honourable Mention: The Settlement Townhomes, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Nominated Kekoo Gatta, Gatta Homes and Michael Allen, ACK Architects Inc.
Nominator Michael Allen, ACK Architects Inc.
Owner Kekoo Gatta, Gatta Homes
Consultant Michael Allen, ACK Architects Inc.
Architect Michael Allen, ACK Architects Inc.
Builder Kekoo Gatta, Gatta Homes

Completed in the fall of 2014, this seven unit townhouse development completes the last piece of the phased development. This project is noted for increasing density and providing housing options in the area, as well as recognizing the articulation of the front facade, and range of building materials and colours.

The Settlement Townhomes, Niagara-on-the-Lake The Settlement Townhomes, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Architecture - Large Budget

2015 Award Winner: Twenty Valley Public School, District School Board of Niagara, Lincoln
Nominated & Nominator Warren Hoshizaki, District School Board of Niagara & Harald Ensslen, Macdonald Zuberec Ensslen Architects Inc.
Owner District School Board of Niagara
Architect Harald Ensslen, Macdonald Zuberec Ensslen Architects Inc.
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer David Stacey, WSP Group Inc.
Structural Engineer Chris Turner, Chris Turner Associates Engineering Inc
Builder John Colangelo, Bromac Construction Inc.
Site & Civil Specialist Consultant Chris Turner, Chris Turner Associates Engineering Inc.
Landscaping Specialist Consultant James McWilliam, James McWilliam Landscape Architects

Built on the same site as the Vineland Public School, the creation of the Twenty Valley Public School consolidated four local schools into one site. This project is noted for the variety of old and new materials used the articulation of the front façade, and the use of the former school site.

Twenty Valley Public School, District School Board of Niagara, LincolnTwenty Valley Public School, District School Board of Niagara, Lincoln

Sustainability

This award recognizes projects that meet a higher standard of environmental efficiency, such as LEED certification. The award could be for residential, commercial, institutional, or industrial buildings; may be public or private; and could be within urban or rural/agricultural areas. Included in consideration of this award is site design, building materials, a sense of place within Niagara, and/or environmental efficiency.

2015 Award Winner: Walker Living Campus at Woodend, District School Board of Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Nominator & Nominated Warren Hoshizaki, District School Board of Niagara & Greg Redden, Macdonald Zuberec Ensslen Architects Inc.
Architect Greg Redden, Macdonald Zuberec Ensslen Architects Inc.
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer David Stacey, WSP Group Inc.
Construction Manager John Koeman, Walker Environmental Group
Builder Rene Fabbro, Mountainview Homes
Structural Specialist Consultant Chris Turner, Chris Turner Associates Engineering Inc.
Landscaping Specialist Consultant James McWilliam, James McWilliam Landscape Architects

Completed in 2015, the Walker Living Campus has been erected on the footprint of the former facility, and provides year-round learning opportunities for students. This project is noted for the visual interest and articulation on each side of the building, well-integrated sustainable design features, use of materials, and the provision of both indoor and outdoor learning areas.

Walker Living Campus at Woodend, District School Board of Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake Walker Living Campus at Woodend, District School Board of Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lake

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 which demonstrates creativity. This award may recognize heritage restoration or a more modern approach.

2015 Award Winner: 160 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
Nominator, Nominator
& Consulting Firm
Michael Mazzolino, Remax Garden City Realty Inc.
Architect David Parker, Parker Architects Inc.
Engineer Boris Brodsky, Pen Engineering Ltd.

Completed in 2015, the restoration of 160 St. Paul Street has unified the front façade and made space for four commercial units and a five bedroom apartment above. This project was noted for the use of materials that retained the heritage characteristics of the building, and attention to detail that make it inviting for the pedestrian and customers.

160 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines 160 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

2015 Honourable Mention: Bible League Canada Restoration at 399 Main Street West, Grimsby
Nominated & Nominator Paul Richardson, Bible League Canada & Michael Seaman, Town of Grimsby
Architect Mark Hicks, Dickinson & Hicks
Builder David Kimmerle, Berkim Construction
Specialist Consultant Fred Tuddenham, Tuddenham Enterprises

Completed in 2014, the restoration of the former school building involved significant research to return the façade to its former glory. This project is noted for its use of materials, dedication to historical accuracy, and welcoming front façade.

Bible League Canada Restoration at 399 Main Street West, Grimsby Bible League Canada Restoration at 399 Main Street West, Grimsby

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.

2015 Award Winner: The Post Office, Thorold
Nominated & Nominator Shannon Passero, Shannon Passero Design Inc. & Lola Emberson, City of Thorold
Builder Michael Passero, Silvergate Homes Ltd.

Completed in 2015, the former post office has been revitalized to include 11 apartment units on the upper floor and a retail space on the bottom floor that utilizes the name The Post Office. This project was noted for the reuse of a downtown building, and attention to detail that have reutilized elements of the art deco building and incorporating additional components that enhance the overall appearance.

The Post Office, Thorold The Post Office, Thorold

2015 Award Winner: Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University, St. Catharines
Nominated Brock University, Diamond Schmitt Architects and Bird Construction
Nominators Donald Schmitt, Diamond Schmitt Architects & Michael Leckman, Diamond Schmitt Architects
Architects Michael Leckman, Diamond Schmitt Architects
Structural Engineer David Bowick, BlACKwell Engineering
Landscape Architect Marc Hellé, Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes Inc.
Builder Steven Bet, Bird Construction
Mechanical Engineer Clive Lacey, Crossey Engineering Ltd.
Electrical Engineer Joe Berardi, Mulvey & Banani International Inc.
Project Manager Susan Conner, Prism Partners Inc.
Heritage Edwin Rowse, E.R.A. Architects Inc.
Civil Engineer Ian Izzard, Aecom

Completed in 2015, this redevelopment has rejuvenated the former Canada Hair Cloth Building, and expanded to include 35,000 square foot addition creating the School of Fine and Performing Arts in a downtown venue. This project was noted for its integration with the community from its name to the linkages with the nearby performing arts centre, as well as creating a new landmark within the city and blending heritage elements with new construction.

Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University, St. Catharines

Brownfield

This award recognizes the revitalization of a former brownfield site into one that once again integrates with the fabric of the community. The winning project demonstrates smart growth principles through creativity, site development, utilization of existing servicing, creation of a mix and/or intensification of uses, and integration with the surroundings.

2015 Award Winner: Stanley Park, Niagara Falls
Nominated & Nominator Chris Hawkswell, Niacon Construction & Emilio Raimondo, Raimondo and Associates Architects Inc.
Architects Emilio Raimondo, Raimondo and Associates Architects Inc.
Builder Chris Hawkswell, Niacon Construction
Structural Engineer Quinn Dressel Associates

Completed in 2015, this project remediated part of a former brownfield to create an industrial park that includes offices, manufacturing space and storage. This project was noted for reutilizing a serviced site within the city, remediating the brownfield, and creating an industrial complex that fits with the surroundings.

Stanley Park, Niagara Falls

Policy and Plans

This award recognizes an approved Official Plan, Neighbourhood/ Secondary Plan, Design Guidelines, 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.

2015 Honourable Mention: The Brookside Community, Smithville, West Lincoln
Nominated & Nominator Paul Phelps, Phelps Homes Ltd. & David Samis, Phelps Homes Ltd.

Consisting of 53 townhouses and 42 detached dwellings, this development improved upon the original plan to add additional units to the area. This project was noted for its attention to detail and colours, its use of materials and range of housing designs that make the neighbourhood visually pleasing; and the provision of a higher density residential option for the community.

The Brookside Community, Smithville, West Lincoln The Brookside Community, Smithville, West Lincoln

2015 Honourable Mention: Vineland Community Improvement Plan & Commercial Façade Design Guidelines, Lincoln
Nominated Luciano Piccioni, RCI Consulting and Kevin Muir, GSP Group Inc.
Nominator Kathleen Dale, Town of Lincoln Development
Consultant 1 Luciano Piccioni, RCI Consulting
Consultant 2 Kevin Muir, GSP Group Inc.

Completed in 2014, the CIP and design guidelines recommend changes to the Vineland central Business District that include public realm improvements and entrance features, as well as incentives for businesses to improves their façades. This project is recognized for providing solutions that will institute positive change and offering property owners with a variety of incentive options that will create unity yet allow for variety.

Vineland Community Improvement Plan & Commercial Façade Design Guidelines, Lincoln Vineland Community Improvement Plan & Commercial Façade Design Guidelines, Lincoln

All photos courtesy of nominees

Congratulations to all of our 2015 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 as a thriving place for people to live, work, go to school, shop, play and gather. The cyclical nature of our communities and their ability to transform are the essential reasons 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 are balanced with the needs of the neighbourhood and community.

Appreciation for both the natural environment and the need for growth create 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, a renowned sculptor and an 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. His works have been featured in numerous art shows and design magazines.

Awards Review Committee

John Barnsley - Manager of Policy Planning, City of Niagara Falls
Glenn Barr - President, Barr Associates
Dr. Hugh Gayler - Professor, Brock University (retired)
John Gittings - Architect
Paula Berketo - Landscape Architect
Ken Gonyou - Vice President, Land Development, Phelps Homes Ltd.
David Parker - Architect, Parker Architects Inc.
Barbara Wiens - Senior Planner, Town of Pelham

Past Award Winners


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