2016 Niagara Community Design Awards - Winners

2016 is the twelfth 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.

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Award Winners


Small Scale Project

This award recognizes an infill or redevelopment project that is small 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.

2016 Award Winner: 24 Wanda Road, St. Catharines
Glen Barr, Jeremy Grigg, Tom Closs Nominated
Dan Romanko, Better Neighbourhoods Nominator
Glen Barr, Dan Romanko, Better Neighbourhoods Consultant
Tom Closs, K & C Residential Designs Designer
Jeremy Griggs, Boulevard Homes Builder

The 24 Wanda Road project encapsulates smart growth principles by infilling a new property within a low-density neighbourhood in-between two existing parcels. Furthermore, the house has a secondary unit in the lower-level. The house fits in with the current neighbourhood context and encourages future infill development within the community.

24 Wanda Road Before 24 Wanda Road After
2016 Honourable Mention: Hillview Container House by Aduvo
15 ½ Hillview Road North, St. Catharines
Mike Chaytor, Jason Chaytor, Aduvo Systems Nominated
Taryn Malloy, Aduvo Systems Nominator
Todd Flanery Designer
Mark Shoalts, Shoalts Engineering Engineer
Ken McKee, Hot Water Guy Specialist Consultant
Mike Chaytor, Aduvo Systems Builder

The Hillview Container House is built out of recycled steel shipping containers and gained the attention of the adjudication panel for its design and creative construction methods. The design consists of five shipping containers that can be modulated in height, layout, and numbers of rooms. Its ability to take advantage of small lot sizes and introduce innovative construction methods was recognized and paves the way for future affordable housing and intensification opportunities.

Front Facade of the Hillview Container House Interior of the Hillview Container House

Large Scale Project (Institutional)

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. Due to the entries received this year, this category was subdivided into Institutional and Residential components.

2016 Honourable Mention: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
Steve Solski, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Nominated
Gary McCulskie, Diamond Schmitt Architects Nominator, Architect
Marc Halle, Claude Cormier + Associes Landscape Architect
Tim Joyce, Blackwell Engineering Structural Engineer
Mark Hagesteijn, R.V. Anderson Associates Civil Engineer
Greg Gerbert, Crossey Engineering Mechanical Engineer
Remus Banulescu, Mulvey & Banani International Electrical Engineer
Bob Campbell, Fisher Dachs Associates Theatre Consultant
Russ Cooper, Jaffe Holden Acoustics Acoustical Consultant
Marcos, Sibal, Turner & Townsend Cost Consultant
Erin McClintock, LMDG Building Code Consultants Fire Code Safety Consultant
John Liefl, CMFS-West Consulting Commissioning Consultant
Michael Pyne, Bird Construction Builder

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is a landmark project for St. Catharines that helps foster a distinct and attractive downtown with a strong sense of place. This 95,000 square-foot cultural complex was recognized for its ability to host a broad range of functions for the community, bringing new festivals, films, and programs to downtown. The outdoor connection to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University and the project impact on the downtown streetscape were also considered important components of this project's success.

FirstOntario Front Facade

Large Scale Project (Residential)

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. Due to the entries received this year, this category was subdivided into Institutional and Residential components.

2016 Award Winner: Village on the Twelve
166 Martindale Road, St. Catharines
Glenn Barr, John Passero, Tom Closs, John Kazmir Nominated
Dan Romanko, Better Neighbourhoods Nominator
Glenn Barr, Dan Romanko, Better Neighbourhoods Consultant
Tom Closs, K & C Residential Designer Designer
Glenn Barr, Better Neighbourhoods Engineer
Silvergate Homes Builder

This phase of the Village on the Twelve was recognized for promoting the smart growth principles of good design through the use of a rear lane design that moves the garage and driveway from the front fa&çade to the back. This design creates a stronger, forward-facing public realm that emphasizes pedestrian activities and allows for more attractive building design and landscaping. Its unique colour scheme and features foster a strong sense of place, within the development and the City.

Village on the Twelve front facade Village on the Twelve rear facade

Public Realm Improvement

This award recognizes excellence in the 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.

2016 Honourable Mention: Victoria Centre Streetscape Revitalization Phase 1
Victoria Avenue from Highway 420 Off-ramp (Falls Avenue to Centre Street), Niagara Falls
Eric Lallouet, David Antonsen, City of Niagara Falls Nominated
Geoff Holman, City of Niagara Falls Nominator
Marianne Mokrycke, O'Connor Mokrycke Consultants Landscape Architect
Tim Stuart, Matt Fisher, Andrea Somerville, John Pickett, CIMA+ Consulting Engineers
Ken Ojeer, Moon-Matz Consulting Engineers
Brian Rankin, Marc Rochefort, Mike Gallagher, Rankin Construction Builder
Frank Lapenna, Eric Marcon, Toni Williams Victoria Centre BIA

The Victoria Centre Streetscape Revitalization project was recognized for its context-sensitive redesign of the public realm. It enhances the pedestrian realm by introducing wide sidewalks, new LED lights to improve public safety, and improved overall aesthetics. The use of decorative concrete styles, contemporary light posts with banners and hanging flower baskets, along with AODA-compliant walking surfaces and tactile warning plates at all intersection crosswalks were seen as positive improvements to the streetscape that considers the tourist population while also offering flexibility.

West edge of Victoria Centre East Edge of Victoria Centre

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.

2016 Honourable Mention: The Gibson Residence
5 Melrose Drive, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Michael Allen, ACK Architects Nominated, Nominator, Consultant & Architecture Firm
Duane Gibson Project Manager Project Manager

The Gibson Residence project is recognized as an excellent example of contemporary design that respects, yet challenges and redefines the context of the neighbourhood. It combines a striking design while honouring the client's lifestyle and values. The jury noted the landscaping, sheltered parking approach, and articulation of the façade and roofline as important components in this project's success.

Front facade of Gibson residence Rear facade of Gibson residence

Architecture - Large Budget

This award recognizes architectural excellence by a Niagara architect accomplished in a project with a construction cost of over 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.

Overall Excellence

2016 Award Winner and 2016 Overall Excellence Award Winner:
John Brant Public School - 143 Ridge Road North, Fort Erie
Bob Dunn, District School Board of Niagara Nominated
Richard Brady, Town of Fort Erie Nominator
Kevin Emrich, Venerino Panici, Steve Bernier, Venerino V.P. Panici Architect Architect
Paula Berketo, Paula Berketo Landscape Architect Landscape Architect
Neil Ali, WSP Canada Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Jim Halucha, Hallex Engineering Site, Civil, & Structural Engineer
John Colangelo, Bromac Construction Builder

This award will be presented to a project that demonstrates an extraordinary level of ingenuity and creativity; includes a mix and/or intensification of uses; considers pedestrians; integrates and compliments the community; and features compact development. Nominations are not accepted for this award; it is decided at the sole discretion of the Review Committee, and may not be awarded each year.

The design of the John Brant Public School is remarkable for its close attention to detail that combined historical features of the previous school building such as the porticos and likeness of the clock tower with modern elements that accommodate the needs of the current school. The front façade is well-articulated, with many windows that open to the community, complimentary use of materials that create visual interest, and good massing giving the building an inviting presence that adds to the community. The site was also well-designed ensuring the building is close to the street and parking and drop offs are separated ensuring safety and practicality, while also considering the relationship to the surroundings.

Front facade of John Brant Public School

Not only does the John Brant Public School offer remarkable architectural design, but it also demonstrates a strong consideration for the smart growth principles and good community design. The design and siting provide walkability and consider the surrounding uses. By re-using an existing school site in the amalgamation of three former schools, and retaining heritage characteristics of the former school building, this project results in a property that maintains this institutional heart in the community and continues to create a sense of place.

Side view of John Brant Public School

Architecture - Large Budget

This award recognizes architectural excellence by a Niagara architect accomplished in a project with a construction cost of over 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.

2016 Honourable Mention: Bethesda Family Centre
3280 Schmon Parkway, Thorold
Norman Ocampo, Architect, Brian Davies, Bethesda Family Services Nominated
Robert MacKenzie, Quartek Group Nominator, Architect, Consultant
Paul Dempsey, Quartek Group Structural Engineer
Al Brouwer, Brouwer Construction Builder

Bethesda Family Centre is recognized for being an infill project in an existing mixed-use area that can effectively utilize existing transit networks. It combines sleek, modern architectural design with the challenges of infilling a building into the existing landscape. The Bethesda Family Centre introduces a vital service and visually-pleasing building into the existing urban area. The building was recognized for addressing its clients' needs and requirements for accessibility while taking design cues from existing buildings in the area to blend in, as well as stand out.

Front facade of Bethesda Family Centre

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.

2016 Award Winner: 176 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
Mike Mazzolino, St. Paul Street Investments Nominated, Nominator
David Parker, Parker Architects Architect
Richard Wolfe, Rhocan Engineering Structural Engineer
Boris Brodsky, Pen Engineering Mechanical Engineer
Chris Phelor, St. Paul Street Investments Builder

176 St. Paul Street renovated and restored the historic elements of the building while offering a modern space for the new residential and commercial tenants. In addition to the renovation of the upper residential unit and main floor commercial, this renovation converted storage space into a new restaurant dining room space on the lower level, which overlooks the valley behind St. Paul Street.

Interior of 176 St. Paul St. Front facade of 176 St. Paul St.

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.

2016 Award Winner: Kaumeyer Place - 3710 Main Street, Niagara Falls
Mike Petrus, Sure-Fix Service Group Nominated
Emilio Raimondo, Raimondo + Associates Architects Nominator, Architect
Tom Keszthelyi, Hallex Engineering Civil, Structural, & Mechanical Engineer
Mike Petrus, Sure-Fix Service Group Builder

The Kaumeyer Place project transformed a former warehouse into a mixed-use development that offers ten apartment and eight commercial units within the downtown core of Chippawa while preserving the urban fabric of the community. Creative design of the condo units allowed for a back-facing courtyard which further aids connectivity with the neighbourhood, along with the front facing façade addressing and improving the public realm of the area.

Front facade of Kaumeyer Place Side yard of Kaumeyer Place

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.

2016 Honourable Mention: The Old Firehall - 12 Albert Street West, Thorold
Shannon Passero, Shannon Passero Nominated
Lola Emberson, City of Thorold Nominator
Michael Passero, Silvergate Homes Builder

The Old Fire Hall project renovated a landmark heritage building in downtown Thorold. The project restored legacy elements of the building and combined modern energy efficient utilities and structural features into the renovation. In the process of the renovations, the main space has been converted to a retail/commercial space and the second floor has been altered to be an office space, while the third floor has been converted into storage space. The revitalization of this vacant building has once again transformed it into well-used space in the fabric of downtown Thorold.

Front facade of Old Fire hall in Thorold Interior of Old Fire hall in Thorold

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, the creation of a mix and intensification of uses, and integration with the surroundings.

2016 Award Winner: Regent at James - 136 James Street, St. Catharines
Sunil Bahadoorsingh, Penn Terra Group Nominated
Liban Gilao, Pivitol Projects Nominator, Consultant
Jason Brouwer, Brouwer Architecture Architect
Anthony Corsetti, Accel Construction Manager Builder

Regent at James revitalized an existing surface parking lot in downtown St. Catharines to provide a broad range of student-oriented rental apartments. The development has created 53 apartments, one office unit, and retained 32 parking spaces on the site. The site was cleaned to meet residential standards and offers a significant development that enhances the downtown along a major arterial and adjacent side street.

Front facade of Regent at James apartments

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.

2016 Award Winner: East Fonthill Mixed Use Centre, Town of Pelham
Town of Pelham, Allen Group (Fonthill Gardens Inc.) Nominated
Julie Hannah, Town of Pelham Nominator
Ron Palmer, The Planning Partnership Consultant
Lisa Campbell & Associates Consultant
Golder Associates Consultant
Heritage Consultants Inc Consultant
Stephen Kaiser, Kaiser + Associates Consultant
Petroff Partnership Architect
Upper Canada Consultants Engineer
Paradigm Engineering Group Engineer
MBTW Group Engineer
Earth Tech (Canada) Inc Engineer
Tottem Sims Hubicki Associates Engineer
Beacon Environmental Specialist Consultant

The East Fonthill Mixed Use Centre site master plan combines a mixture of residential, high-density, recreational, institutional, and open space. The Master Plan and associated Built Form Guidelines offer vision and design standards to follow when considering new development applications for the area.

The Site Master Plan was recognized for its attention to the regional smart growth principles, including the inclusion of trails, a mixed pedestrian and car square in the centre, and its concern for natural and passive areas.

Site Master Plan of East Fonthill Mixed Use Centre

All photos courtesy of nominees

More Information

Questions or comments may be directed to:

Danielle DeFields, Awards Coordinator
905-980-6000, ext. 3385
Email Danielle DeFields

Alex Morrison, Awards Coordinator
905-980-6000, ext. 3378
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